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I just installed the AlphaSheild Personal Hardware Firewall. AlphaShield
supplies a utility that allows me to open any port through the firewall.
Tech Support at AlphaShield said that any port can be opened with this
utility, and that I had set up the open port properly with the utility.
I tried opening port 23. The Sheilds Up security website, though,
indicates that all of my ports are stealthed. Wouldn't Sheilds Up detect
any open port? The WindowsXP SP2 firewall is disabled and I have no
other firewall running. The only other security software that I have
running is Norton Antivirus 2007 and Sunbelt Counterspy, which I don't
believe can affect port protection or control.The hardware firewall is
situated between my Comcast cable modem and my PC. Am I misunderstanding
something here about opening ports? Please educate me

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No. ShieldsUp is a lousy implementation of a horrible misconception of a
well-known fool.

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 > 2007

AFAIK the Norton Antivirus junk had a packet filter included since version
2003 or so.

 > Am I misunderstanding something here about opening ports?

Maybe. I dunno how your cable modem is implemented, and I don't if this
AlphaShield thingy is configured as a routing firewall.

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They advertise that it has a 100% hackproof guarantee. Apparently, no
one has been able to hack into anyones system through this firewall
(Please don't use me to test that claim, I'm just saying that that is
what they claim).

The URL for the firewall is: http//www.alphashield.com/home.htm

Do you know of any website where port status can be reliably tested
after I temporarily disable NAV?


Sebastian G. wrote:
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None wrote:

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I do the same for my Knipex firewall. (Knipex is a well-known cable cutting
tool.)

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 > through this firewall

Apparently no one has ever tried.

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Try <http://linux-sec.net/Audit/nmap.test.gwif.html .

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I would start with not using other peoples e-mail addresses!
NowHere.com is a registered domain of Burda GmbH. I strongly believe
that you are not associated, not affiliated nor otherwise have
authorization to use their domain or their e-mail addresses for your
purposes. All you do is spam their e-mail addresses! Please stop that
immediately!

Gerald

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Sorry. I will never post to this group again. I was only looking for help.

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None wrote:
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Sorry. You are not supposed to post to any group with any faked e-mail
address. Just register some e-mail address with yahoo, hotmail, or
whatever else you like. There are also services which provide e-mail
addresses and filter spams automatically.

Would you help someone who comes cloaked, with faked identity
pretending to be somebody else?

Would you be happy if someone else used YOUR real e-mail address or
some address in one of YOUR domains?

Would you be happy if due to that you receive hundreds of spam mails
because these usenet groups are frequently harvested by spammers?

And it is no use whining about that. As you don't give a real e-mail
address it is impossible to tell you this offline. It must be
posted...

Just stop using faked e-mail addresses. It is one of important rules
when posting to usenet.

Gerald

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That's a position I have never seen stated before.  From what I can tell
many people intentionally use a fake email address on Usenet precisely
because addresses are harvested.  Any real email address/account made
visible on Usenet is rendered useless by spam and malware in short order, so
what is the point?  How does using a real address demonstrate the
authenticity of the user?  My email address is fake, but only for the above
stated reasons and not because I am pretending to be someone I'm not or
because I wish harm to others.


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By using an email address with domain xyz.com you do harm to the owner
of that domain. You generate spam traffic to that domain on that email
address. As you wrote yourself, "any real email address[...] made
visible on Usenet is rendered useless by spam[...]". If  you want to
protect yourself from spam why do you direct it simply to someone
else? And even if the actual email address you have used now is not in
use at the moment it may be used in the future (e.g. if they activate
a catch all address) and it also generates delivery attempts to the
mail server of that domain, i.e. unnecessary traffic.

You want to protect yourself from spam and make other people suffer
for that by using a real email address which does not belong to you.

You use a domain name to which you are not associated nor affiliated
to.

How would I know that this is not real?

If you believe that it is so important that noone is able to contact
you then use a domain name which does not exist or is reserved for
other purposes and will never has any mail delivered, e.g. example.com
or .invalid. See http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2606.txt for more details.

Still, a working e-mail address which you read has many advantages
because, for instance, we could take this conversion here off the
group because it is off-topic. Obviously, I can't because there is no
e-mail address to which I could send you an e-mail.

You could either get an e-mail address with a good spam filtering
service. I use spamcop which filters spams out and even allows me to
report those spam e-mails to ISPs. (We don't have to discuss here
whether this helps or not...) I use this e-mail only in not so
important places like here thus in case some non-spam gets filtered
out it is not so important.

Of course, you could also simply subscribe to Yahoo, Hotmail or any
other free mail service. Use that e-mail address for things like
usenet posts until you'll find that it is too much spam. Then let it
sleep and get a different one. Then at least the spam e-mails arrive
at services which deal with those at large scale and not a small
domain with a small mail server...

Gerald


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You make valid points and I agree.  When I created the fake email address
"victek@xyz.com it didn't occur to me that it was actually a valid domain.
For the time being I have changed this to victek@xyz.invalid.  I will
consider your suggestion of setting up a valid account just for Usenet
posting.  I used a Yahoo email address for a time until the spam became so
bad that it was impossible to see the valid email.  Under those
circumstances no one who responded to a Usenet post would be able to reach
me in spite of the address being valid.  That was some time ago though and
perhaps spam filtering is more effective now...
 


Re: Alpha Shield Personal Hardware Firewall
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 01:56:08 GMT, Victek wrote:

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$ host xyz.com
xyz.com has address 64.146.134.38
xyz.com mail is handled by 10 penguin.xyz.com.
xyz.com mail is handled by 20 mail.xyz.com.


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Does not matter even if it is not a valid domain, the domain may
become valid later.

Here you can use these if you like
victek@mouse-potato.com
victek@nomail.afraid.org

You can check out the domain ip address with the ping command.

The sad part is victek will be scraped and used on valid domains by
spammers which will aggravate victek@some_other.domain

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Victek wrote:


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I tried sending you my reply via eMail, but my MUA only told me that the
address is invalid. Is it fun to cause errors like this?

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Gerald Vogt wrote:

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I guess that's why I sometimes get bounces of email that doesn't
originate from me. I've been pretty slap-happy in exposing my real
address on the net for years and really ought to change it!

Jim Ford

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Victek wrote:


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Yeah, what's the point? You're not supposed to provide any mail address that
you actually read, you're free to provide the address of a mailbox that
simply deletes every incoming mail, fully distinct from the mail addresses
you actually use for communication.

The purpose of this is to avoid error messages at the MUA.

 > My email address is fake, but only for the above

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But you do. You're sending Michael Galassi, the owner of xyz.com, all your
bounces.

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Hi,

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Wrong. I use this address since ages.

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Fake as you want, but make sure, that you do not use addresses owned by
others.


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So why do you do harm to the owner of xyz.com? Michael Galassi receives
all the spam you are not getting because you do not control the domain.

Get a free account somewhere and use it as spamtrap.


Cheers,
   Jens






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OK, is this better now?


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No.

Why don't you use an .invalid adress?

Yours,
VB.
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Re: Alpha Shield Personal Hardware Firewall
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 15:56:50 GMT, Victek wrote:

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Munging Your Email Address
http://www.mailmsg.com/SPAM_munging.htm

How to mung your email address for newsgroups
(Without causing harm to someone else)
http://www.2kevin.net/munging.html

Address Munging FAQ: "Spam-Blocking" Your Email Address
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/net-abuse-faq/munging-address /

Avoiding Spam
http://cexx.org/spam.htm

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Thanks for the links.  I think I have this setup better now.  Tell me what
you think.


Re: Alpha Shield Personal Hardware Firewall
On Sun, 23 Dec 2007 01:37:22 GMT, Victek wrote:

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Looking good :)

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