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Should I Disable Ping Requests ?


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#1 Beckynva

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

Hi I havent posted here in quite some time.. I have a question regarding my home network..

 According to Shields Up my computer is pretty much in Stealth Mode.. everything was good except it did respond to  ping requests.. should I disable this for added security,or does it really matter? I take great care to minimize the risk of malware and so forth and have good encryption on my network.. I really want to be as safe as humanly possible. Thanks in advance.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:47 AM

Can you provide more details about your network setup?

 

Is it like the classic setup: computer - router/modem - Internet

Does your computer have a private IP address (like 192.168.*.*)?


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:54 AM

yes.. just a standard home network.. computer attached to modem/router combo. and yes i do believe  I have a private IP address



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

OK. Then Shields Up is scanning your modem, not your computer.

 

Did Shields Up tell you that everything was OK, except ping replies? E.g. that there were no open or closed ports?


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