Re: Port question

On 2009-06-25 Marco Shaw wrote:
And don't bother with "Shields Up". If you want to do a portscan, use
something like nmap.

Since this is a basics list...

Now, let's qualify that a bit... Not everyone is technically savvy
enough to know what to do with such a statement. Nmap requires you
have a system to run it with/on. That also requires (or should to be
somewhat valid/useful) that you have this run externally. So you need
to have a friend outside of your own "personal network" to scan you
and provide you with the results.

Having some computer of your own outside the local network will do as
well. Another option might be to connect a portable computer into the
external interface of the router/firewall and do the scan from there.
That would give the most reliable results, too.

Loading something on a PC in your own little network is good for
learnings, and you can definitely port scan systems in your own
internal network, but I think the goal should be to port scan outside
of your private network beyond your ISP access point so you know what
*everyone else* can see...



In the absence of this, using *something* is better than *nothing*...

IBTD. Nothing is most certainly better than something misleading.

Ansgar Wiechers
"The Mac OS X kernel should never panic because, when it does, it
seriously inconveniences the user."

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