NickAu1 made a very important comment:
"Hacking Is done for a few reasons.
1 Information, You have something they want.
2 Money, You have something they want.
3. Because some script kiddie is bored and can. They may just want to upset you."
If you don't agree with that ^ you will not appreciate what I have to say, so please skip to next post.
The internet is supposed to be secure but, in reality, there are 'wiretaps' on it. So some people can read some or all the data that goes through particular subnets. They can use tools to filter out what is not of interest to them and reduce the amount of data being viewed/analyzed to a manageable size.
If a proficient (not necessarily professional) hacker does that and knows your ISP already, or your PC host name, they can quickly spot your traffic. Or they can isolate your traffic to one out of a handful of data streams and then take each one in turn. But essentially they have your IP address.
So here's my first question.
If your PC is protected by a NATing router (no UPnP) plus personal firewall, AV and has latest Win7 patches, how can the proficient hacker establish a session on your PC and do things to it that are consistent with the privileges of the account that you're using ?
Assume the PC has just been built so no RAT.
NickAu1> There are dozens of unreported exploits that could be used, This is true for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Nick, thanks for that. My second question: If the hacker knows your IP address what can you do to protect yourself ? Are there any tools/utilities that one can use ? Or do you have to (futilely) rely on the hacker not having knowledge of unpatched Win7 vulnerabilities ? Thanks very much in advance.
Edited by palerider2, 01 May 2014 - 05:33 AM.