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Is it safe to trust the loopback zone (127.0.0.1)?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:42 PM

Hello everyone.

My firewall seems to be blocking my printer's drivers so I am having difficulties with printing. The drivers need the Loopback Zone (127.0.0.1) in order to function. Is it safe to trust the zone?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:56 PM

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:04 PM

Thanks, Orange Blossom. I'll try to print another page to see if it would work.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:39 PM

As OrangeBlossom said - yes, of course trust it.
And you may have to permit Internet Explorer, WindowsMedia Player and few others to allow the localHost access, since they will not work, or be very slow if loopback is not permitted.
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If your firewall or antivirus uses a local proxy through some port of the localHost, make sure you only permit the applications you trust to go through the proxy port so as not to create a tunnel for stuff you'd rather not get out to the internet.




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