The One wrote:
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Secondly if my ports are stealth is it possible for
> a scanner to see my machine on the internet?
When you are in stealth mode, if a packet is is sent to a particular
port, the firewall drops any packet that is not allowed by the rules.
If this was an attempt by hacker to scan your ports, the very fact that
the packet was dropped tells the hacker there is something there.
Therefore, like another poster said, stealth is a marketing tool
employed by software companies attempting to sell software firewalls.
A closed port is just as secure as a stealthed port. The only concern
would be the open ports. However, if the Shields Up test showed your
ports closed, the problem was most likely with the Synmantec test
rather than your firewall. Also, there is no such thing as being
invisible on the Internet. It's just that there are so many easy
targets out there not running any kind of firewall or security
software, most hackers aren't going to waste their time trying to take
down your firewall and get into your system. You're simply one out of
millions out there.
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