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I'm looking to open Port 80 for a server for FSX. Is this dangerous? Should I not do it? Should I do it? What do I do? Thanks!
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Thats the stargate for HTTP demons.
    
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Technically opening any additional ports will add a degree of danger but honestly nothing to worry about. I run my gaming PC outside of the firewall entirely.
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Thanks, guys! I'm still confused what to do. Anyone else?
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Port 80 shouldn't be an issue, quite a few programs that need web service connections run through Port 80. Skype is one of them...
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Thanks! Its 2 to 1. I know Baskt's rep is higher, but its unanamously 2 to 1.
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Thanks! Its 2 to 1. I know Baskt's rep is higher, but its unanamously 2 to 1.

I only just started posting more on OCN that's why tongue.gif
post #8 of 10
Opening port 80 is fine, as long as whatever you have running on port 80 is secured.

If it's for a personal project or something, then I would use PAT (Port Address Translation) to make that internal port 80 look like port 4888 on the internet or something. Lets say it was for a game, and outside the network you would type in:
:4888

Your firewall/gateway device on your network will see that port 8008 request, and translate it to port 80 and point it to the IP of the internal object.

More secure to use non-standard ports, unless this is something for public use (i.e. website -- in this case you should just pay the $3/mo for a host).
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Opening port 80 is fine, as long as whatever you have running on port 80 is secured.

If it's for a personal project or something, then I would use PAT (Port Address Translation) to make that internal port 80 look like port 4888 on the internet or something. Lets say it was for a game, and outside the network you would type in:
:4888

Your firewall/gateway device on your network will see that port 8008 request, and translate it to port 80 and point it to the IP of the internal object.

More secure to use non-standard ports, unless this is something for public use (i.e. website -- in this case you should just pay the $3/mo for a host).
Thanks! How do I use PAT?
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As long as you have a secure fully patched web server not a problem at all. Also, if you're just opening port 80 for lan access no need to worry.
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