Why do firewalls tell us when something tries to break in?

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ggalonso

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I have a firewall, and if you can believe it, my home computer system is under constant attack from marauding, back door trojan horses. The threat to me and my desktop is extreme. The advisories even tell me the Ip address of these banditos of the cyber world.

My question?

What am I supposed to do with this knowledge, is there a cyber police station that I can turn the IP addresses into for investigation? Do you think the firewall does this all by itself?

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First off, what firewall are you using?
Secondly, turn off the warnings.
Thirdly, if you have seen the same ip/address come up more then once, yes you can report it. usually you report it to your net provider. They will want a complete summary of what you have found...usually what the firewall has logged.

Hope that helps you out.

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gg...........your firewall is doing its job......the alerts are probably from websites you have recently(within the last session) visited....the sites will still be pinging you,not realising you have disconected from them.

its best to just turn off the notification and let your firewall just do its job without nagging you.;)
 
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Most firewalls have a way of setting the sensitivity. My firewall has 3 settings to use. If I use the highest settings, I constantly get interupted. Most have recommented settings or controls. Go through all your different actions of your firewall and check to see if they are on sensative settings, use the ones labeled recommended. See if that helps.
 
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There's a lot of internet "noise" like port scans and stuff. A lot of this is normal. As the others said, your firewall is dointg it's job, so I wouldn't worry about the alerts.
 

ggalonso

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thanks everyone, I can't find any opetions to turn the alert off, It's Norton Personal Firewall,

This place is the greatest.
 
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I have norton personal firewall also. If you have the book, go to page 40. If not, open your firewall. On the left side, click on alerting level. Move the slider to chose your level. I set mine for minimal, less interuptions. Also, if you have the book, page 77 about automatic program control. If its not set up for automatic access control for certain programs, it will constantly emit the alert. If no book, open personal firewall, in the security center, double click personal firewall. In the personal firewall window, on the program tab, check Turn on Automatic Program Control. Click o.k. Should help out.
 
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