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Windows 7: What precautions should I take when using a public network?

22 Jan 2013   #1

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What precautions should I take when using a public network?

Besides using a VPN connection when using a public WIFI, what other precautions should I take?

Let's say I'm connected to the WLAN but not surfing the net, is Windows firewall enough to protect me?

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23 Jan 2013   #2

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23 Jan 2013   #3

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If I connect to a Public Network I use Firefox Portable with full security settings.
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23 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
Besides using a VPN connection when using a public WIFI, what other precautions should I take?

Let's say I'm connected to the WLAN but not surfing the net, is Windows firewall enough to protect me?
Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network

You should change the network setting over to Public if you plan on connecting with a Public network as this automatically secures your system. Yes Windows firewall is enough.


Choose Public network for networks in public places (such as coffee shops or airports). This location is designed to keep your computer from being visible to other computers around you and to help protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet. HomeGroup is not available on public networks, and network discovery is turned off. You should also choose this option if you're connected directly to the Internet without using a router, or if you have a mobile broadband connection.
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