08-11-2011 06:26 PM
So I looked in my security log today and saw this messaged:
Rule "Block Windows File Sharing" blocked comunnication
I saw some threads that talked about this already as well as some entries I found in search engines, but as usual, I am confused by the answers. Is this one of those messages that sound bad but really aren't? What does this mean? Thanks.
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08-11-2011 10:20 PM - edited 08-11-2011 10:24 PM
As a general observation, everything in the history logs sounds bad - but isn't. The logs are not an action list of things that the user needs to respond to - they are just a record of all the activities that Norton performs in the normal course of business. if your attention is needed concerning some event, Norton will alert you at the time that it actually happens. Don't be concerned about stuff in the logs.
The "Block WIndows FIle Sharing" rule prevents outside computers from accessing the files on your computer, and is the default for systems where file and printer sharing is not enabled. If your computer is set up to share on your network, then Norton will use a rule that allows WIndows File Sharing to supercede the block rule. Obviously, blocking is always safer, but is not something you want if sharing between computers on your network is necessary, as it is for many families and organizations. In many cases the default block rule events in your history logs are related to internal system communications, and so would be nothing to worry about anyway.