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Hey, i made the customer support of my internet provider to open all the ports for my gaming pc, does that mean that im now not only opened all the pathways for torrent programs and games, but also extra vunreable for viruses and such?
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Although ISPs can offer protection from some hacking attempts you should always expect that your internet has NO security and that it is unfiltered and that you are responsible operating your firewall and any other forms of protection. On the flip side you should also think the exact opposite when it comes to snooping. You should expect that your ISP can trace every step you make and is aware of every file you download. They are actually aware of what you download and keep records of filename and md5 or some equivalent that can prove you had that exact file.

You need to make sure windows firewall is enabled. Set it so everything asks you for access the first time. If an app pops up and asks for access and you don't know what it is OR if you don't know WHY it would need the connection then hit cancel.

Are you using a router? Then the ports are most likely made available to you from upnp.

I still prefer to manually assign common ports for games, torrents, ip, etc. But usually it is not necessary.


What are some of your concerns:

Game Performance?

System Security?

Legal Protection?
Edited by givmedew - 5/18/13 at 11:02pm
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post #3 of 9
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Although ISPs can offer protection from some hacking attempts you should always expect that your internet has NO security and that it is unfiltered and that you are responsible operating your firewall and any other forms of protection. On the flip side you should also think the exact opposite when it comes to snooping. You should expect that your ISP can trace every step you make and is aware of every file you download. They are actually aware of what you download and keep records of filename and md5 or some equivalent that can prove you had that exact file.

You need to make sure windows firewall is enabled. Set it so everything asks you for access the first time. If an app pops up and asks for access and you don't know what it is OR if you don't know WHY it would need the connection then hit cancel.

Are you using a router? Then the ports are most likely made available to you from upnp.

I still prefer to manually assign common ports for games, torrents, ip, etc. But usually it is not necessary.


What are some of your concerns:

Game Performance?

System Security?

Legal Protection?

I would love to do it manually, but my multimodem seems to have problems with saving the ports i try to open since the modem setup page is website based from the internet provider themself and not through the router's own adress..

and my concerns is for torrenting and some multiplayer games that uses nat.

And some weeks ago i got a hack tool or a virus of some sort that acted like an adobe updater but was an bitcoin miner that i was unable to delete and allways started with windows.
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Virus's call out so it doesnt effect it,

Really you should be asking why you need to forward all 65k ports, only forward the ones you need, and you only need to if your having poeple connect to you ie a server
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What game ACTUALLY needs NAT to function properly? Because I have not seen one. Not saying they don't exist but I have been gaming since before upnp was included in routers and manual port forwarding and NAT was the only options and every game I have ever played worked.

Now games are even better with handling all this stuff but once upon a time the where not thinking about sharing an internet connection so they didn't know they had worry about that stuff.
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Virus's call out so it doesnt effect it,

Really you should be asking why you need to forward all 65k ports, only forward the ones you need, and you only need to if your having poeple connect to you ie a server

As i said, my multimodem's setting page refuses to accept the ports i want to open manually.. And even if it may be open, i can't even see when the open ones is..
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It won't hurt much to forward all ports as long as you block the services that don't need outside connectability - most notably Windows file sharing.
As long as you enable Windows Firewall and set your network to "public network" you should be fine.
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WHen you say it refuses to accept it, are you sure you re configuring the nat right smile.gif?
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Well, i entered the ports, adresses and all that needed, pressed save, refreshed the page and it's gone.
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