"Workstation" Product defaults to wide-open firewall

Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek zbyszek at in.waw.pl
Wed Dec 10 05:23:56 UTC 2014

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 12:08:19AM -0500, Simo Sorce wrote:
> Most users have no idea what NAT, TCP or ports are (nor should they!).
> At most they understand *literally* a question like: "do you want this
> <application> to be allowed to access the network ?" and you better
> name the app in the same way the GUI does it (not the binary name) or
> quite a few will be confused about what this is all about.
Yes. But it certainly helps if there is a temporal hint: normally
the dialog should come immediately after starting a new application.
So the user should know, that if she starts "New Media Server", and
a question pops up about a port, almost without looking at the details
she can can assume that this is about the program that was just started.
This way is much easier for the user.

> The problem for the "workstation" people is to build enough
> infrastructure to make those simple questions and be able to act on
> them, anything in that direction will help, otherwise you are just
> ranting.


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