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Can Open Pokerstars.net with Internet Explorer, but Can Not Ping To It

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Hi Everyone:

        I witnessed an interesting situation which is more academic in nature as opposed to needing troubleshooting.  Basically, I noticed I can open a domain site called pokerstars.net, but, I can not ping to this site.  Logically, one would expect that an inability to ping to a site would indicate a problem because data packets are not being send and received to that particular domain.  However, the page loads fine within Internet Explorer.  With that said, I am wondering how that is possible.  

       Any explanations or shared thoughts to this post will be appreciated.

       Thank you

        George
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by:pavaneeshkumar
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Yes it it possible in following cases
    you r using a firewall (may a proxy server also) and pig has been disabled

   
   
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A lot of "sensible" people, set their firewalls to "do not respond to ping request". If you can access the site it's quite a safe bet (maybe the only one you will get at pokerwhatever.whatever) that these people have done just that.

:-)
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by:GMartin
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Hi

        With respect to setting the firewall to "do not respond to ping request", what exactly does that do for the site's security?

         Thanks

         George
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by:Robbie_Leggett
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It wouldn't register on a port scanning app if somebody was looking for IP addresses for any reason by pinging.
I didn't put the comment in inverted commas to suggest anyone who doesn't block pings is doing something wrong.

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by:GMartin
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Hi There:

      Thanks so much for the well thought out explanations to this question.  I must confess, at first, I was very confused when I witnessed this situation and was not sure of what to make of it.  Now, after reading everyone's feedback, I have a logical understanding of why we were unable to ping to this site even though we were able to load the homepage using Internet Explorer.

        Many thanks again for taking the time to explain everything.

       George
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