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Vic 970
12-14-2002, 07:15 PM
I recieved a pop up advertising a security prog for $49

the pop up said something along the lines...

"Your computer port xxx.x.xxx.xxx is not secure, which could allow hackers to steal valuable data"

I am using zone alarm so I thought that my pc was protected, do they actually know my number or is it a scam?

Where can I find this number to check?

12-14-2002, 07:21 PM
Vic take a looksee (http://www.iss.net/security_center/advice/Exploits/Ports/default.htm) here.

12-14-2002, 08:08 PM
Send it off to Davy Jones......

That pop-up is 99.99% scare mongering. Unless you are at a scanning site like Shields Up (https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2) you are not really being scanned for open ports, and none of these type sites uses pop-ups to inform you of insecure ports.

Vic 970
12-15-2002, 06:22 AM
thanks guys.

did a scan with 'shields up' both tests showed fully protected.

question: "Computer situated at xxx.xxx.xxx.xx is that the info that my pc sends out when browsing a site"

12-15-2002, 07:27 AM
That information is sent with every one of your e-mails.

Go to an e-mail sent to you by someone else.
Right-click on it and select "properties".
Click on details.
Start at the bottom and work up until you see "Received".
This is the originator of the e-mail.
The next one up is the next handler in the chain [the ISP].
Here's what the beginning of one of mine looks like:
"Received: from eilppp ([]) by dorsey.fcc.net"
"eilppp" is the name the user has given their PC [I think] and "" is the identification number the ISP [dorsey.fcc.net] has given this "OEM" computer.
A different code might be used every time, or the same code used every time.

Vic 970
12-15-2002, 07:55 AM
that helps.

just sent myself 3 e-mails, 2 together then 1 on its own. port no. came up same each time, name of pc was shown as helo=. eg: if pc is named "fred" comes up as 'helo=fred'

I'll do it again in a day or two to see if port no. remains or changes.