Internet Security is one of the primary services PCPG offers to its clients.  Why?  More and more personal and confidential information is being stored on computers.  With the advent of DSL and Cable internet connections computers are more prown to attack by crackers, hackers, trojans and viruses.  We thought to allow you to do your own tests first before consulting with us.  We recommend you review this entire page before conducting your own tests.

For your own personal comparison, after you run the tests, please do compare your scores with ours.  PCPG scores were as listed in the following sections and ranked the highest throughout all test phases.  
(Note: we avoided publicizing our server's IP address on this site and have modified it to the sample 123.123.123.123 below.)

First we checked our Internet Security Connection and then our Port vulnerability.

Section 1:

Shields Up - Internet Connection Security test score for PCPG:

Shields UP! is checking YOUR computer's Internet
connection security . . . currently located at IP:


 123.123.123.123 


Please Stand By. . .

 
Attempting connection to your computer. . .
Shields UP! is now attempting to contact the Hidden Internet Server within your PC. It is likely that no one has told you that your own personal computer may now be functioning as an Internet Server with neither your knowledge nor your permission. And that it may be serving up all or many of your personal files for reading, writing, modification and even deletion by anyone, anywhere, on the Internet!
Your Internet port 139 does not appear to exist!
One or more ports on this system are operating in FULL STEALTH MODE! Standard Internet behavior requires port connection attempts to be answered with a success or refusal response. Therefore, only an attempt to connect to a nonexistent computer results in no response of either kind. But YOUR computer has DELIBERATELY CHOSEN NOT TO RESPOND (that's very cool!) which represents advanced computer and port stealthing capabilities. A machine configured in this fashion is well hardened to Internet NetBIOS attack and intrusion.
Unable to connect with NetBIOS to your computer.
All attempts to get any information from your computer have FAILED. (This is very uncommon for a Windows networking-based PC.) Relative to vulnerabilities from Windows networking, this computer appears to be VERY SECURE since it is NOT exposing ANY of its internal NetBIOS networking protocol over the Internet.

Next, we checked our Port vulnerability.  

Here's our Shields up Port Probe results for PCPG earlier this year.  You may notice more ports when you run your test.
Section 2:

Your computer at IP:

 123.123.123.123 

Is being 'NanoProbed'. Please stand by. . .

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Port

Service

Status
Security Implications

21

FTP

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

23

Telnet

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

25

SMTP

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

79

Finger

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

80

HTTP

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

110

POP3

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

113

IDENT

Closed
Your computer has responded that this port exists but is currently closed to connections.

135

RPC

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

139

Net
BIOS

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

143

IMAP

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

443

HTTPS

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

445

MSFT
DS

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

5000

UPnP

Stealth!
There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

To test the vulnerability of your computer click here ShieldsUP!  Once you are at this site scroll down to the the bottom of the page and click the 1. Shields Up Home link.  Next, scroll part way down and choose the gray button that says "Common Ports".  A new page will appear (the actual test) with a complete list of common ports on your computer and their present status:  Stealth, Closed, Open, etc.  To find out more about each Port simply click on the Port #.
 
TWO NOTES: Shields UP! benignly probes the target computer at your location.
Since these probings must travel from Shields Up! server to your computer, you should
be certain to have administrative right-of-way to conduct probative protocol tests
through any and all equipment located between your computer and the Internet.

ALSO: If you are using a personal firewall product which LOGS contacts by other
systems, you should expect to see entries from this site's probing IP addresses:
204.1.226.224 –thru– 204.1.226.255. Since Shields Up! own this IP range, these packets
will be from us and will not be any form of malicious intrusion attempt or attack
on your computer. You can use the report of their arrival as handy confirmation
that your intrusion logging systems are operating correctly, but please do not be
concerned with their appearance in your firewall logs. It's expected.

We wish to thank Steve Gibson at Gibson Research Corporation for developing the security test tools.
Be sure and check out his products section