Posted 16 January 2008 - 03:40 AM
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:34 AM
Have I walked into a minefield here?
yes its possible. there is alot of malware thats is distributed on p2p networks. unsuspecting users can pick up all kinds of malware that will cause all kinds of problems.
i have a page about about p2p. it is in no way a "how to" guide. just information for you to think about. it might change your mind.
if you wish to continue we can try to get the port fowarding worked out.
Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:40 AM
File sharing via P2P is an acknowledged route for the transmission of malicious or undesirable elements.
Sorry I canot be of more help on this, but if you have any other questions, please fire away and we will do our best to help
Edited by paws, 16 January 2008 - 05:42 AM.
Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:18 PM
I read between the lines of your reply that this BitComet programme is less than welcome in polite company, let alone in my computer! So no more questions in that direction!
However, is the problem of a blocked port one that I should know about in a wider context? Does it affect other programmes, or inhibit other applications? For instance, I need to set up a home network involving my new Christmas laptop and my current desktop set-up. I was hoping to use this to transfer a copy of my (legally-purchased) Microsoft Office suite from desktop to laptop. Why, you ask, do I not just the original installation disk? Because, as my wife continually reminds me, I lost them during our recent house move. Let’s draw a veil over subsequent conversations - not pretty.
Or is this still still frowned on or not allowed?
Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:25 PM
Posted 16 January 2008 - 07:32 PM
Just to give you a insight to this "port" business. There are 65535 ports in which communication (TCP/IP protocols) can flow in and out of a computer. Here you thought there was only that one cable!
With that many ports, lucky there is some agreements regulated by the the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) what port should do what.
Who the heck is ICAN
The port numbers are divided into three ranges: the Well Known Ports, the Registered Ports, and the Dynamic and/or Private Ports. For the most part Well known ports are the ones most folks are interested in for basic communications.
The Well Known Ports are those from 0 through 1023. Well known ports? I like a good port with my cigar!
Sure webbrowsing uses port 80, FTP port 21, Telnet port 23, Mail port 25 . POP3 port 110 for example.
Others in this range are used by specific companies or individuals. Specifically for their brand of equiptment or application. Your webcamera, IMchat, voiceoverip and many others sends information across a network using specific ports.
Computers are designed to do something when traffic wants to connect to a specific port. Should you block a port? Maybe. It depends on what you want to let in, let out.
So if you block port 80, you cant browse the internet with a browser! Block port 25 you will not get your Email. But how do you block a port? How do you open a port? With a corkscrew and a litte effort?
This is the job of the Firewall. I would go into that but we have had to much port for one evening....
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