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Posted on 2006-11-15
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I have used 'Shields Up' to look at my computers and they are showing ports 80 and 443 as open
the implication on the site is that this is a bad thing
both computers access the internet through a wireless router
both use windows firewall
should i close these ports and if so, how?
david cooke
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David, these ports are web server ports.  80 is http, and 443 is for secure http (https).  Chances are, these ports are open so that you can remotely log into your broadband router to configure it from outside your nework.  To close these, you can log into the web interface for your broadband router.  Usually you do this by typing the IP address of your router as a URL into your browser.  You will need to know the username and password you set when you configured your router.  Once logged in, look for a setting that says something like "allow remote administration" for http and https, and uncheck it.
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thanks
I have disabled the DMZ which I think was enabled by my teenage son
Shields Up is now showing that those ports are closed
thanks
dc
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