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XP security - 3rd Party server

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ma, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. ma

    ma Flightless Bird

    Hi there!
    Hope this is the right place for this question (concern).
    Couldn't find any matching concern Googling.

    XP SP3 & latest updates.

    I got my hands on a 14 day free trial "playon" media server
    by "MediaMall" that is supposed to transcode real time al
    types of media from my PC to my DLNA HD TV set.

    I have all my important and personal files in this PC (i.e. finances).
    The only way "playon" will perform is to be given full internet server
    access from my firewall (zonealarm).

    Concerned if this is safe? Can this software be written in a way to copy
    my other files (other than video or pictures) to some internet web page
    without my knowledge?

    I mean if this app can go through my folders and find all media files
    and make a library, and transcode & transmit them via LAN, why
    couldn't it do it via WAN the other files?

    I am asking because I just don't know!

    Thanks in advance!
    ma
     
  2. Anteaus

    Anteaus Flightless Bird

    If by this you mean allowing outbound access, by the sound of things this
    would be necessary for the program to function. As such it isn't a major
    security issue, that is unless you don't trust the authors and think they
    might hijack your data.

    Allowing inbound access from the Internet would be a no-no.

    Bottom line is, if you don't trust the author of any program, then it is
    unwise to run that program on any computer containing sensitive data.

    "ma" wrote:

    > Hi there!
    > Hope this is the right place for this question (concern).
    > Couldn't find any matching concern Googling.
    >
    > XP SP3 & latest updates.
    >
    > I got my hands on a 14 day free trial "playon" media server
    > by "MediaMall" that is supposed to transcode real time al
    > types of media from my PC to my DLNA HD TV set.
    >
    > I have all my important and personal files in this PC (i.e. finances).
    > The only way "playon" will perform is to be given full internet server
    > access from my firewall (zonealarm).
    >
    > Concerned if this is safe? Can this software be written in a way to copy
    > my other files (other than video or pictures) to some internet web page
    > without my knowledge?
    >
    > I mean if this app can go through my folders and find all media files
    > and make a library, and transcode & transmit them via LAN, why
    > couldn't it do it via WAN the other files?
    >
    > I am asking because I just don't know!
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    > ma
    >
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  3. ma

    ma Flightless Bird

    "As such it isn't a major security issue, that is unless
    you don't trust the authors and think they might hijack
    your data."

    Well that is my point & question. Looks like your answer
    is it can be done (hijack).
    I am not saying they will, I am just asking if it can be done.
    If yes, then I apply Murphy's Law, if something can be done
    it will be done may be eventually.



    "Anteaus" <Anteaus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B64A438C-87D2-4F4F-8809-FCDF6CD3C519@microsoft.com...
    > If by this you mean allowing outbound access, by the sound of things this
    > would be necessary for the program to function. As such it isn't a major
    > security issue, that is unless you don't trust the authors and think they
    > might hijack your data.
    >
    > Allowing inbound access from the Internet would be a no-no.
    >
    > Bottom line is, if you don't trust the author of any program, then it is
    > unwise to run that program on any computer containing sensitive data.
    >
    > "ma" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi there!
    >> Hope this is the right place for this question (concern).
    >> Couldn't find any matching concern Googling.
    >>
    >> XP SP3 & latest updates.
    >>
    >> I got my hands on a 14 day free trial "playon" media server
    >> by "MediaMall" that is supposed to transcode real time al
    >> types of media from my PC to my DLNA HD TV set.
    >>
    >> I have all my important and personal files in this PC (i.e. finances).
    >> The only way "playon" will perform is to be given full internet server
    >> access from my firewall (zonealarm).
    >>
    >> Concerned if this is safe? Can this software be written in a way to copy
    >> my other files (other than video or pictures) to some internet web page
    >> without my knowledge?
    >>
    >> I mean if this app can go through my folders and find all media files
    >> and make a library, and transcode & transmit them via LAN, why
    >> couldn't it do it via WAN the other files?
    >>
    >> I am asking because I just don't know!
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance!
    >> ma
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     

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