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Over the past couple of months we have been hacked numerous times. (especially someone using mosucker) We have also gotten a few viruses.

To remedy this we got a router, norton firewall, and norton anti-virus.

We have been back up and running for 5 days now, and I checked the blocked log in Norton firewall today. There were 75 trogans blocked! :eek:

My question is: Is this normal? If not, do we have someone who wants to hack us that bad??

Last time we were hacked they got all my bank info, and other stuff through a key log. It has made me a little paranoid!

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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That's a perfect illustration of why you have a firewall, virus scanners, spyware scanners, etc. :D:D Welcome to the wild west on the Internet.

It's normal for people to seek out unprotected computers, happens all the time.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." :)
 

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Thanks! :winking: I just wasn't sure if it was normal, or we had someone out to hack us..... I have teenagers on a network, and for the most part they know more about this stuff. Some of their friends know ALOT.... to much! Especially about Mosucker, sometimes makes ya wonder??? ;)

Anyway, now I have to figure out how to keep the firewall up, and allow the kids access to the internet. If the firewall is en-abled, they have no internet.

Do you have any suggestions on how to remedy this?

Thanks again...:winkgrin:
 

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If the firewall is killing the Internet, you have something configured wrong, since that's not the idea behind a firewall! :D

Since you have a router, and you haven't opened any incoming ports, you should be pretty safe from outside threats. I'm not sure what is going on with your Norton Firewall, I don't use it. I installed Norton Internet Security once, but it was a resource hog, and setup was more complex than necessary.

My advice with kids is to give them their own computer, and make an image backup of it before you turn it over to them. When it goes down the drain with whatever they manage to do to it, restore the image backup and they start again! :D
 

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They both have their own computers in their rooms. They are networked to us. (we have 4 computers on the network, with mine being the host computer) If I have the firewall on they can use the network between computers, but their internet shuts down. So if they want to go on the net, I have to take down the firewall.

Me thinks maybe the router and the antivirus is enough. Maybe I should just un-install the norton firewall, as we have the ethernet card firewalled with XP.

It just freaked me out when I saw someone had a keylog that contained all my bank info, and every other username password I have.:scared:

Norton FW did block the 75 trogans, but it is my understanding that getting a trogan on my computer is one thing. Being able to access and hack is another. From what I've been told, even if someone gets a trogan on here, it would be darn near impossible to hack, because of the router. :winking:
 

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I'd seriously consider a broadband router, that way you don't need to have a "host" computer. You can have as much protection for your computer as you like, independent of what happens to their computers.

You mention a router in your first message, so I'm somewhat confused about your use of a "host" computer. :confused:
 

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My computer is the only one with a direct connection to the net. The connection comes from the wall, through the cable modem, to the router, to my computer... The kids are connected to me and the net through a seperate network card on my computer. Hope this clears it up for you. :D
 

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OK, now for the stupid question. Why not connect all the computers directly to the router? What is the point of connecting them through your system? :confused:
 

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Not exactly sure why. I think mostly because we share programs over the network, and as far as I know, if we did that, they would only have internet, and no access to the programs. We would also have to re-wire the NW because the input/output on the NW and router are different. :winkgrin:
 
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