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Originally posted by CPYKOmega
I noticed that you have blocked "Thehideout.net" ....
actually it is common knowledge in Britain that all the major isp's must route their traffic through echelon. I have worked 20 years in the computer industry and my analysis is that I believe the increased speeds are by some mechanism that is being overridden in either the operating system or the browser by blocking thse ip's it cant be outside the network - I believe microsoft builds it into their system that data is split to these computers but I DONT KNOW THAT - its very early in my investigation
If blocking these addresses speeds up his internet alot, isn't that pretty damning?
this is my home network protected by a £800 worth of firewall router with a domaincontroller dns behind it serving several other clients - I'm pretty good with security infact its all I research
To do that, you need to disable a number of windows services and install a proper firewall application. There are a number of decent free firewalls out there, a quick google should turn up lots of results. Only with a firewall will you be able to choose which applications can send/recieve traffic over the internet. The Windows firewall is a start, but only handles inbound traffic, it lets everything go outbound.
Originally posted by dragoner
Not to rain on anyone's parade here, but adding the above hos tnames to your local host file only prevents your system from resolving those hosts, its not doing anything to prevent traffic monitoring by an outside party, or remote access to your system.
To prevent remote access, you need to disable a number of windows services and install a proper firewall application. There are a number of decent free firewalls out there, a quick google should turn up lots of results. Only with a firewall will you be able to choose which applications can send/recieve traffic over the internet. The Windows firewall is a start, but only handles inbound traffic, it lets everything go outbound.
Of course, running an OS like windows, where its anyone's guess what the programmers have included, is really not going to keep you safe...
What it does ...
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.
You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.
I know for a fact that there is a backdoor built into every windows system so the government can access peoples computers.
Originally posted by mi5
yep your right thats why I suspect M$ is co-operative with the ss
[edit on 21-12-2006 by mi5]
Originally posted by darkbluesky
Would you be comfortable telling us what line of work you're in?
Originally posted by zooplancton
any ideas on this. it's really painful to surf with. (i have digital cable and it's been excellent)
Originally posted by brill
Blocking these addresses is a waste of time. As others have indicated a Finally MAC filtering is useless. MAC's can easily be spoofed, you need TKIP/AES with Radius using key rotation to be decently secured.