Posted 07 October 2009 - 11:10 AM
I consider myself to be relatively security conscious regarding my computer (I am firewalled, do weekly virus and malware scans, etc...), but to honest, I'm really not that tech savvy.
I'm not really sure where to begin, but I certainly appreciate that you're taking the time to read this and possibly help me out. I hope this doesn't become too confusing.....
One of the tools I've used in the past to evalute my security is GRC's "Shields Up" program. In the past, everyone one of my ports came up as stealth, and I assumed that all was well. Yesterday I ran "Shields Up", and port 80 was open, and several others were listed as closed.
Here's what's different....
I recently accepted a job with an organization in SE Asia which has its own proxy server. On the LAN settings, I have checked "Use a proxy server for your LAN" and the port specified is 8080.
I've been doing a bit of research on this today, and I am more confused than when I started. From some of the information I've read, it seems that "Shields Up" really isn't scanning my ports, but those of the proxy server. Is this true? If so, what can I do to further protect myself? I'd really like to do online banking, but first I need to know how vulnerable I am.
Thanks in advance, and please let me know if I need to be more clear or provide additional information.
PS...I hope I've posted this in the right section.