Sort-Of Hack Threat - Preventive Measures?
Posted 30 June 2006 - 01:21 AM
Posted 30 June 2006 - 02:41 AM
With the things he told you, Eg. (Get through your firewall with easily), it sounds more like he is going to use a backdoor to get through into your computer. If he attempts to use a backdoor a firewall will no longer be any use.
So what I can tell you, is DO NOT accept any files from him, if you already have. Let me know so that we can take it to the malware forum. For now, I would say that you have nothing to worry about, just keep your firewall active and accept no attachments.
If you want to know anything else, I will be gald to try and help answer it.
Posted 30 June 2006 - 02:43 AM
Posted 30 June 2006 - 04:04 AM
I have not and will not accept any files from him.
He said that it would only require him chatting with me via MSN Messenger for him to start doing whatever he wants to do. He didn't specifically mention sending/receiving files.
I ran the test and everything is in stealth.
Thanks for stopping me from completely freaking out, but I'd also like to know if there are any specific settings in ZoneAlarm Pro which I should check just to make sure everything is in place.
Currently, Internet Zone Security is on High and Trusted Zone Security is on Med. Should I change this to High?
Posted 30 June 2006 - 04:25 AM
ZoneAlarm is one of the best firewalls, yes the settings should all be set on high. If he attempt to connect to your machine a message should come up telling you that there is an attempt for a connection to your computer. Also switch off your "File Printer Sharing".
With your IP the "cracker" can tell alot about your PC. What OS you are running, what firewall and anti-virus you are running. But with these, it is still not the easy getting access to the system.
It would be an advantage to you, if he tries to connect to your PC, if he attempts to connect to your PC you will have access to his IP address, from there you can block it using this program (Below).
This program (IP Ad Blocker), is used to block off any pop-ups from certain sites, but can also be used to block off you little friend trying to gain access to your computer.
To check up on people connected to your computer, goto:
> Type in "cmd"
> Type in "netstat -a"
Take a look at all the connections made to your computer, its kind of hard telling which one's are the bad one's. What you can do is look at the IP when logged on to certain sites, soon you will be able to tell which one is a website and which one is an actuall computer.
But keep in mind if you do not use the method I am showing you, eg. IP Blocker, Netstat, ect... your computer is still pritty safe. The only thing I would still recommend doing is not accpeting any files from him, even by e-mail.
Posted 30 June 2006 - 04:43 AM
To Switch off "File Printer Sharing" goto:
> Control Panel.
> Network Connections.
> Right-click on Local Area Connection
> Choose Properties
Under This connection uses the following items, highlight File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. Note: If File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is not listed, then file sharing was not set up on your computer. You may close any open windows and skip the rest of these instructions.
> Click Uninstall.
> When you are asked if you are sure you want to uninstall File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, click Yes.
> Click OK or Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties window.
If you are asked to restart your computer, click Yes. If you are not asked to restart your computer, restart the computer manually.
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