Port forwarding In Microsoft® Windows® Operating Systems
Important point to keep in mind while port forwarding in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
A port can be defined as an address associated with a program or process on a computer. Digital world is using ports for transferring data in the network. There are 2^16 (0 - 65,535) ports available on each computer. Most of the computer programs or data transferring is done by using permanent ports. Redirecting of computer signals to follow specific electronic paths into your computer is known as Port Forwarding. This port forwarding is used mostly in case of speeding the file transfer such as downloading or playing online games. By doing the port forwarding procedure you can increase the speed of your computer signal. And this will add up to be dramatic speed increases for your game or your downloading. This port forwarding is also dangerous some times. Sometimes, opening a port can become a chance for the hackers for attacking your computer by the use of the forwarded port. You can make port forwarding by several methods. For that go to your router's web page by entering your user name and password. There you can find the tab named Port forwarding or Applications and gaming. Enter the details of the port that you want to forward and save the setting. Thus you have forwarded the port and can enjoy high speed data transfer through the assigned ports.
Following information helps you to know more about the points to keep in mind while Port Forwarding in Microsoft Windows based OS:
- Forward only according to needs
- Correctly enter the settings details
- Secure your computer
Forward only according to needs
Forward ports only according to your needs, because opening unwanted ports will put your computer in high security risk. This will make your computer an open door for the attack by hackers. If you open unwanted ports, hackers might make your computer a zombie. Port forwarding is the process you need mostly when there is the need for playing online games or for downloading large files such as films etc.
Correctly enter the settings details
In the port forwarding process you need to configure some setting details in your router’s website. When you change the default settings for port forwarding make sure you are entering the correct details. Entering the wrong details will lead to improper working of the program. So double check every thing. Every time your router is turned on or off, your computer may be assigned a different IP address. Don’t forget to change the details of the port forwarding according to this.
The security of your computer is the main thing that you should give importance while doing anything. Protect your computer with a good Anti-malware tool. Also update the security tool regularly. The updated security tool will only protect your computer from risks. In the port forwarding process there are many risks. So if you are properly giving protection to your computer, these risks will be minimized.
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