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Security alerts!


Security alerts!

Since moving to broadband I have noticed that my IP address is static which seems to make some kind of sense. In recent weeks however I have noticed that the number of Norton Internet Security alerts has increased significantly. This poses two questions:

Some of the security alerts are marked as Medium Risk and yet the recommended action is to "Permit Always". Why would software designed to protect my computer want to allow a medium risk form of communication?

Every time I go on-line I get a security alert in which my own IP address is attempting to communicate with IP address which I believe is in my own computer. Why would my computer wish to communicate with itself and why does it pose a risk?

Any comment leading to enlightenment would be appreciated.