January 12th, 2002, 02:59 PM
Port 139 (again)
Hey, I am new to this hacking and security stuff. I don't woant to hack people, I was just wondering if my file and print share is acessible from a browser or do you need a special program? Also, what firewall would be a good one to stop hackers?
What do you mean you don\'t have a backup disk?
January 12th, 2002, 03:20 PM
Now I'm not too sure on this, but I think that to allow file and printer sharing through a browser, you need IIS (Internet Information Services - assuming your using Windows). I don't think it's installed by default, so you'll need to chuck in the CD and select it in Accessories somewhere.
I was just wondering if my file and print share is acessible from a browser or do you need a special program?
I wanted file sharing thru a browser as well on my PC and I found out I needed to install IIS, which I did, but then it still didn't work. In the end I realised that it was my ISP that prevented it due to their firewall.
Onto the firewall question now. Well, I've heard many great things about ZoneAlarm that I needed to get it myself, which I did about one week ago and find it really great. It blocks basically everything unless you tell it not to block it. Everything it blocks, it comes up with a pop-up msg telling you what has been blocked and the originating IP address (clicking 'more info' goes to their website with more details on what has happened).
Also, what firewall would be a good one to stop hackers?
I thought my PC was safe with WinXP's built-in firewall...how wrong I was.
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January 12th, 2002, 03:52 PM
Try ZoneAlarm if you need protection and don't know a lot about firewalls and how to configure them. ZoneAlarm is free.
If you are into configuring things, and know what you are doing, get Tiny Personal Firewall. It is also free.
Do not get Black Ice Defender, which is not free, and has had security holes in it.
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January 12th, 2002, 07:59 PM
if your really paranoid you can use both zonealarm(or Tiny) and black-ice together. This will supply ample amounts of protection and information on any would be attackers.
January 13th, 2002, 12:54 AM
Or you can use a hardware firewall...
About port 139 (in Win9X/ME)... you don't need special progs to access...if you enabled file and printer sharing and the right protocols are binded to that (and you share your drive local) then you are sharing your whole HDD to the net.
don't bind TCP/IP to the file sharing service from M$
look at www.GRC.com on how to bind / unbind / install protocols and services.
January 13th, 2002, 05:54 AM
get sonicWALL excellent firewall! Zonealarm is good but it easy to bypass it... ALSO A GREAT WEB SITE TO GO TO IS HACKERWHACKER.COM AND DO A SCAN ON YOUR SYSTEM!
January 13th, 2002, 06:21 AM
been a while since I thought about this kind of issue,
If someone knows your IP address, they could open a dos prompt and type
net use \\Insert.your.IPaddress.here\nameofshare
and have an open connection to your shares or printers(of course there might be a password/username they need to connect, but that is a different issue.)
All someone needs to connect to your shares is a dos prompt. Unless you are behind a firewall, or are running a firewall on your machine.
Tiny Personal Firewall at
or Zone Alarm from
January 13th, 2002, 08:58 AM
u can close ur computer netbios
January 13th, 2002, 10:58 AM
If you want to have file sharing through a browser, why not use an FTP server (I thought IIS came with one, but I'm not sure 'cause I use Apache on Windows as well as Linux for my http server and I don't use an FTP server on Windows for security reasons.)
If, on the other hand, you don't want file sharing through ANY way at all, use a firewall such as Zone Alarm on High security settings (default for internet zone)... this should block access to ports 135,137-9 and 445... all of which have some role in Windows File & Printer Sharing (NetBIOS)
January 13th, 2002, 11:32 AM