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(Solved) Automatic vs. Permit All in Norton Internet Security

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by marie500, Aug 5, 2002.

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  1. marie500

    marie500 Thread Starter

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    I can't figure out the distinction between the "Automatic" and "Permit All" internet access controls in NIS. The Help index gives maybe five lines about Automatic, and I can't find a single word that explains Permit All. Half of the programs (like IE and Norton) have Automatic. I think NIS made that decision, because they already had those rights following the application scan. I just left them like that. Others (like Real Network, Kazaa) have Permit All. (I selected that, but realize now I don't understand the difference.) Can you tell me?

    Also, I signed up for a Real Player paid program over the weekend (okay, it was the live feeds for the CBS Big Brother TV show, please don't make fun of me! :) ). When I tried to access the feeds, I got an alert saying a REMOTE computer from Real was trying to access MY computer, threat level = Low. I said Permit and gave it Permit All permission. Was that a correct decision? Because I DO want it to have permission, just not sure what the distinction in access levels is.
     
  2. Davey7549

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    There is basically no distinction between automatic and permit all!
    If you were to select permit and define the parameters to which the program can have access then the next time the program wishes access and doesn't fall with the parameters set you will be required to allow or disallow. By select automatic or permit all you have told the firewall all posts and accesses are OK for this program. As far as allowing real player cart blanc......I do not see this as a problem.

    Dave
     
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    Thanks, it's always a relief to find out I haven't done something wrong! Appreciate it!
     
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  5. TonyKlein

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    Permit All means exactly that: you might as well not be running a firewall with outbound monitoring at all, which I'm sure is not what you're after.

    Automatic means that Symantec has a list of 50 or so widely used applications for which it has drafted a ruleset.
    For any other application you need to make up a ruleset yourself.

    Although this does imply you trust Symantec to decide what's safe and what's not, it's certainly preferable to 'Permit All'.
     
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