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Can Port forwarding allow someone to see my MyDocument files

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If I allow port forwarding for an IP camera and a external Hard Drive such as PogoPlug is it possible for someone to see the files found on my desktops hard drive...

If port forwarding for port 80 is open by default for HTML pages what prevents snooping around  via Port 80 or any other open port..
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No, all port forwarding does is open an incoming port to forward traffic on that port to a specific computer then on that computer you have a service running to handle that traffic.  Such that u forward port 1234 for your ip cam to computer XXX then on computer XXX you have software running and listening on port 1234 for data for your ipcam software.  Just like people on your local network cannot access anything on your computer the same is true for external network.  As long as the service listening on the open port is properly configured you will not have any problems.
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