XAMPP and Skype-Port 80/443
I'm playing with using my Wii as a media player (now that it does plays BBC Iplayer flash vids) and tried setting up a webserver on my machine using XAMPP.
Tried the lite version first - didn't work - said it couldn't open a port on 0.0.0.0:90 :confused:.
Tried main XAMPP package - same result.
Started to think was something hoggin port 80 - sure enough a port scanner showed in in use - thought B^&%&er - got some root kit on my machine!!
Eventually twigged that Skype was set to use 80/443 - closed Skype and I was in business!
Now, I started thinking - what diff will it make to the security of my home machines if I open up an incoming port for Skype instead of it using 80/443 - will I have to stay awake at nights watching out for evil incoming packets or does it make no actually difference.