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granjuiceymoose

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Me uncle used to have msn but he knows quite a few computer people and they say that its not very safe and people can look around your computer when you are signed in and even put things into it. So they all now use ICQ is it any good? how many of you use it?

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Good question granjuiceymoose, I'd like to know what the techies say, i've heard that when signed into msn, that port is wide open to attack!



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I thought that was for those who entered the chat rooms. We tend to talk amongst ourselves so i wouold think I am quite safe from you all.

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Icq is very "hackable", It also seems to attract lots of spam .... more than Msn in my opinion.

Try doing an internet search for ICQ hacks & MSN too, see what you come up with.

On the point of security, make sure you have a firewall installed, there are some free one's available, I think Tiny do one.

Aaaah .... soon be fishing

 

granjuiceymoose

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Cheers lads. Well i aint using that one anymore then. Now just got to convince me mam to get msn back [;)]

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i have icq infact as i write this i have just had 6 bull **** bots trying to get me to visit there porn sites

stick to msn mate


 

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As Andy says ICQ is very hackable and one I would avoid.
MSN is the better of the two but not infallable and I would definately recommend a firewall

Check out the freebies section there are a couple in there including ZoneAlarm which must rate as the easiest to use



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I got Norton Anti-vrius with built in firewall and wouldn't be without it. It updates itself automatically and has stopped so many attempted intrusions into my PC it is frightening.

 

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Anything is hackable if you don't take precautions, You can just download Messenger on it's on without having to have MSN Explorer that way you avoid all the pop ups. Go here...http://messenger.msn.co.uk/ You should also make sure you are behind Firewall. Go here http://www.tinysoftware.com/home/tiny2?pg=solo_download2 or here http://soho.sygate.com/products/shield_ov.htm If you need any more help on pop up killers or spyware removers let me know.
 

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Can anyone advice me on this, i've got msn messenger, dont use msn explorer, i'm on Aol and obviously use Aol browser, use McAfee firewall & anti virus.

right to the question, every now and then i get a pop up message from some company trying to sell me some sort of a port blocker, and it says my messenger port is wide open to the internet and open to attack, does that mean that when running msn
other traffic can use that port without being blocked or filtered,

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hell do i know mate

but dont forget there is a load of bull sit people tring to sell ya somethig prob just trying to get ya monney off ya

 

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quote:right to the question, every now and then i get a pop up message from some company trying to sell me some sort of a port blocker, and it says my messenger port is wide open to the internet and open to attack, does....

Tony, what you are doing is running a program from your PC that is connected to the internet. The programis sending information that you type and receiving information that is sent to you. In order to do so a port is open through your internet connection to your PC. This is the port that can be exploited provided the person knows how.
The risk factor: A person who wishes to do so must firstly know that you are on line and must also be able to detect your IP and open port.
They then need to have something in place on your PC in order to connect to it. This can be in the form of a trojan or program to which they then create a network connection using it between your PC and theirs.

There are several programs available for doing this (I won't name them) which are freely downloadable from the internet if you know where to look. But the use of them is also illegal without the other person's permission.
They were originally designed for Network Administrators and Remote Technicians to connect to PC's remotely to resolve problems, configure systems, etc.

As for a Firewall. Most firewalls allow Port blocking just check your settings.


By the way, that picture you've got in you 'My Pictures' folder? Does your missus know about it ? [:I]

Only kidding lol [:D]


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teepee

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Cheers Dave, cant understand why anybody would want to hack into my pc anyway, its a bit like my head! not much in it of any interest,[:D]

and that photo in "My Picture" file is the MISSUS,lol[:I][:(][:D]





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