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    sarahgracet Guest

    Default World of Warcraft Safe?

    My son wants to play the online Multiplayer "World of Warcraft".
    When attempting to install, it is saying that I need to open ports 3724, 6112, and 6881-6999 to allow the game to install..
    My question is.. is this safe to do?
    Does opening these ports make me vunerable to identity theft?
    Thank you for any advise you can offer.Sarah in TN

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    Default Re: World of Warcraft Safe?

    Probably not. Opening ports allows the program to accept unsolicited incoming requests (ie information that you have not requested) and to act on them when they come in. This kind of program is called a server. Many programs require server rights to function correctly and it is usually safe to grant those programs server rights.

    For you to be in trouble, you need a malicious program on your computer that is listening on one of those ports and can respond in a malicious way to the requests they receive. This is unlikely.

    As far as I know, only one program can be listening on a port at any time but I could be wrong.

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    sarahgracet Guest

    Default Re: World of Warcraft Safe?

    Thank you,your explaination was perfect. I understand, and I appreciate your taking the time to help me.Blessings, Sarah

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