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    Online port security check.

    As a user of Netgear products, I came upon this page discussing How Are a Computer's or a Router's Ports Secured?
    It includes links to three sites that "test if your router or computer's ports are secure" - they also offer some explanations and solutions regarding potential threats from the internet.

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    Re: Online port security check.

    Leif,

    Yes, I've used both the Symantec and Steve Gibson ( GRC) sites for some time now and can recommend them highly.
    Steve also puts out the Spinrite, deep test and HD repair program, that can perform amazing things with a HD that's getting something on the "shaky" side. Takes HOURS to run but it's a good overnight repair ( sometimes more an a large drive ) you can interupt it and pick up where you left off though.

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    Re: Online port security check.

    FYI, dear business users, you might not want to invite any of these port scanning sites to attempt to penetrate your company firewall. It might set off some alarms. Will they be happy to know that you're security conscious, or will they punish you for making them jump? Hmmm...

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    Re: Online port security check.

    For companies, this firewall testing should be the job of the IT Security chap/department/organisation.

    We had to get cross with a techie who was "testing" whether our Sophos antivirus could detect one of the Dumaru series of viruses. It could, and did - and the software sent us a message...
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    Re: Online port security check.

    The best tool for testing Virus scanners is the EICAR test virus. I need a copy of this to do my job and our corporate scanner keeps deleting it for me <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Online port security check.

    Stuart

    "Best tool" for testing virus scanners? Surely you MUST be joking!! <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15>

    The "Eicar Test Virus" is a trivially simple 68-byte .COM file containing a single character string "EICAR standard antivirus test file!" (sometimes all uppercase), which is displayed on detection. I disassembled it many, many years ago, just to see how it was constructed.

    This file shows nothing more than that the antivirus scanner is active...
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    Re: Online port security check.

    John,

    Let me rephrase that. "Best tool for testing that virus scanners have been installed properly and that the alerts and associated processes function correctly". I did not mean to imply that it tested their ability to correctly identify the latest offerings from the script kiddies.

    StuartR

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    Re: Online port security check.

    Stuart

    OK! I thought you were ascribing Magical Powers to this tiny file!

    John
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