Under Stealth Ports wizard there are 3 options.
When I choose the second one: alert me on every incoming connection, I get those alerts for torrent, DC++ and so on and the ports are “opened”. Now when those applications that required port opening are running and I go to a website to test whether my ports are stealthed or not, I get OPEN status for all the ports used by those apps: 80 for browsers, etc.
Am I safe this way? ???
If I choose the third option to block all incoming connection and then I create manually rules for “opening” ports for certain apps, when I scan the ports again, there is a “Stealth” status for each of them, even for those in use by DC++, etc.
So, is the second option safer then the first one or… what is all about? Thank you!
You are safe unless the application have security holes that can be exploited. To put it shortly being on the web with any application necessarily opens port(s) for that app. So, you can never be 100% stealth nor safe.
For browsing using Opera would be a safer browser. There not many vulnerabilities for it. Opera’s security is partially by it’s obscurity; unfortunately not many people are using it.
The second choice is safe, but very annoying. If you define your home LAN as a network zone (in My Network Zones) and then add that to the Stealth Ports wizard (click the first option and then click the empty drop-down below it to see the zones defined before). To find your LAN IP address, click Start>Run>cmd (to open a DOS window) then type ipconfig /all. The LAN will show up as a Machine address (192.168.0.1 for example) and a subnet mask (255.255.255.0 eg) OR if you do not have a LAN (the above items will show up as ***'s), look for a Machine Address Code or MAC. Use the address range 192.168.0.0-192.168.0.255 for a LAN or define the zone with the MAC for a single computer.