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Windows 7: Neighbours can see pc and internet contents with network discovery off

18 Dec 2011   #21
mgp1964

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I would look for holes in the walls if they are seeing what you are doing .
Set your pc up with a strong password, this will stop most people from being able to remote into your pc, then setup your router to use the mac table and allow computers to access the router by thier mac, this way you can control which computers are allowed to access your network.
To find your pc mac open a command prompt (type cmd in search and run as admin) and then type ipconfig /all and enter, you will see a bunch of stuff listed, look for the "Physical Address" entry and you will see 6 set (12 numbers/letters; 00-B2-34-4C-DF-1A for example), this is your mac affress and what you will want to put into your routers mac table.


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18 Dec 2011   #22
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
serpentracer is correct

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by serpentracer View Post
it's not a windows issue. without any kind of security settings (wep, wpa, wpa2, etc etc.)
you're letting anyone with a wireless adapter use your internet and browse your computer.
set up a wpa-2 passkey in your router asap. or just keep letting everyone with computer have at your internet and computer....

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mgp1964 View Post
Set your pc up with a strong password, this will stop most people from being able to remote into your pc, then setup your router to use the mac table and allow computers to access the router by thier mac, this way you can control which computers are allowed to access your network.
To find your pc mac open a command prompt (type cmd in search and run as admin) and then type ipconfig /all and enter, you will see a bunch of stuff listed, look for the "Physical Address" entry and you will see 6 set (12 numbers/letters; 00-B2-34-4C-DF-1A for example), this is your mac affress and what you will want to put into your routers mac table.
If you are really worried:
  • Change your SSID (and passphrase).
  • Hide your SSID (not much use, as the SSID can be discovered by packet sniffing).
  • Use MAC filtering (not much use, as the MAC address can be discovered by packet sniffing and then "spoofed").
  • Use WPA2 security (serpentracer is correct. This is currently the best option).
SSID hiding and MAC filtering are only useful against people with feeble hacking skills.

Here are some Wiki links with brief descriptions.
SSID
Service set (802.11 network) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MAC Filtering
MAC filtering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

WPA2
Wi-Fi Protected Access - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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26 Dec 2011   #23
richlust

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

thanks guys, at the moment i am using the virgin super hub, the security settings are set to WPA Auto for the wireless settings so i will look into changing that, have changed the SSID and phasphrase always using upper and lower plus numbers. The problem is i never learned really how to use a computer or set one up just tried to guess it, so the blind has led the blind to this problem. You guys rock and Merry Christmas to you all have a good new year too
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28 Dec 2011   #24
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Oops! Too late!

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23 Jan 2012   #25
richlust

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

is it possible for someone to check out my screen shot and confirm that this pc is now set up for just 1 account only please


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23 Jan 2012   #26
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Yes, you have only one account. This is referenced by the S-1-5-21-xxx entries, of which you only have the one.
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23 Jan 2012   #27
richlust

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

thank you Dwarf looks like i have fixed my pc problems then, before there was more than 1 set of the numbers you had described yet only 1 account set up on the pc, the problem was not network related via wpa is was when i was reinstalling my pc and remote desktop control settings was enabled for my pc to be controlled remotely i did not disable them then restart immediately and somehow my pc was being hacked by my neighbours. Cheers my man im a happy boy btw i noticed that the more than 1 number was on my desktop and my laptop, it was a similar number with 1001 at the end, also used the disable the built in admin just to make sure it was secure via cmd and net user admin/active:no after restarting and disabling remote services. I understand its disabled by default but better safe than sorry.
If the allow my pc to be controlled remotely and the remote asisstance tab is ticked is it possible for the pc to be hacked ?
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23 Jan 2012   #28
richlust

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

After posting this thread its kind of comfirmed that you dont need to do anything to windows 7 for it to be setup securely right?
what else do you need to do to a new installation on a pc

Bur if there was another account number and i did not create it how on earth did it get there in the first place if its secure and using recommended settings?

Maybe i should let this post go now it seems as though it is fixed but as typical humans we all have a thirst to understand why and how and if from this post i can help other people then it has been a worthy lenghty cause
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23 Jan 2012   #29
ReviverSoft

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't forget to install a good Firewall. The good ones can monitor and block incoming/remote connections to the PC.
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23 Jan 2012   #30
richlust

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

i only have the standard firewall that came with the pc, what would you recommend, it needs to be gamer friendly please and easy to use
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