Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How to protect yourself on an unsecured network?

11 Apr 2016   #1
Jemjem787

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
How to protect yourself on an unsecured network?

A friend of mine is moving into a basement suite and her landlord has agreed to let her use their WiFi, but their WiFi has no password on it. The location is around a populated area and countless of people are probably already connected to it so security is her priority. We have already talked to the landlord and they do not plan on adding a password anytime soon.

What do we have to do to secure her devices? She has a Macbook, an iphone, and her boyfriend who has an android phone. We also have an old printer we would like to hookup, but don't want random people printing to it, but the printer isn't high priority.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
11 Apr 2016   #2
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Connecting to a Wifi without encryption is a very bad idea, Probably the only way he can protect himself is to sign up to a VPN service.

Source:
Why Using a Public Wi-Fi Network Can Be Dangerous, Even When Accessing Encrypted Websites

Another Source:
3 Dangers Of Logging On To Public Wi-Fi
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Unless someone is physically connected to their device, and as long as they do not download any garbage (which of course is brought on by them self) nothing bad will happen, I promise you that. You have to be connected to a PC in order to do damage to it, I don`t care what any one may tell you.

Random people may see a wireless printer, but they can`t print to it unless they know it`s credentials. And why would someone want to print to a printer when they don`t even know where it is ?

The Landlord not putting a password on the router is absolutely foolish
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Apr 2016   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Unless someone is physically connected to their device, and as long as they do not download any garbage (which of course is brought on by them self) nothing bad will happen, I promise you that. You have to be connected to a PC in order to do damage to it, I don`t care what any one may tell you.

Random people may see a wireless printer, but they can`t print to it unless they know it`s credentials. And why would someone want to print to a printer when they don`t even know where it is ?

The Landlord not putting a password on the router is absolutely foolish
I'm guessing that the OP is more concerned with things like this...



...than in preventing harm to a computer/device.


People print to open printers just to be mean.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Agreed, but they have to be able to connect to it in order to print to it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #6
Jemjem787

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

UsernameIssues is right that of what i am concerned about, and

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Agreed, but they have to be able to connect to it in order to print to it.
In all my days of finding open home networks with printers on them. I have never seen ANY that require credentials, and im pretty confident that in order to connect to them, they just connect to the wifi?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Wow, you didn`t need to know that printers ip address ? I find that quite amazing.

"In all my days of finding open home networks with printers on them".

Wow, is that what you do ???
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would suggest to your friend to acquire her own equipment.

And you`re forgetting one important factor, you have to be physically connected to that landlords wireless router to make any changes or see any other devices connected to it.

These smartphone apps may scan the network, and see devices, but that`s all they can do, scan it.

Prevent Someone Else from using Your Wireless Internet Connection
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It would be sweet if the Landlord let her connect her own wireless router to his router, then she could secure it and no one could latch on, but that would be too much to ask
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2016   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

You could always add a software Firewall to the actual devices connecting to the open network, which if set correctly would prevent anyone from accessing, (or even seeing), the protected devices I always install Comodo Firewall on all systems I deal with Free Internet Security and Antivirus | Security Solutions from Comodo (there are both free and commercial software options on their site, so take care )

Adding a firewall will add complexity and a learning curve to your computing but that is the price you pay for security these days.

My basic advice with Comodo Firewall is to set it to "training mode" for a few days or weeks to let it learn your web surfing habits and set itself up.

You can also install the Comodo Internet security suite (free) which gives a number of reliable extras for security,

One other thing is to ensure that you set your network type to "Public" which will set windows own network security to it's highest level, (switching off sharing and device discovery Etc)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How to protect yourself on an unsecured network?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Laptop Keeps Connecting To Unsecured Wifi Network?
I have my own modem/router. So i connect to it via ethernet so wired connection. Sometimes i would use it on wifi. However recently a new internet wifi connection has shown up in my wifi connections and my computer keeps trying to connect to it. Im not sure 100 percent if it has or not but many...
Network & Sharing
protect my computer from others on my network
So on my network at home there are a few others connected to it and i wanted to know how i would go about making it so they cannot access my shared docs or computer at all over the network without a password but i dont know how to go about doing this. Can anyone help me do this?
Network & Sharing
Wireless Security: How To Protect Your Network
Why Secure Your Network? Securing your network is an important step in keeping most hackers out of your wireless network. Adequate wireless security can keep interlopers, such as neighbors or attackers, from hogging network bandwidth (a form of denial-of-service), compromising sensitive...
Tutorials
how to protect my network
how do i know no one is conected to my wifi and how to protect my network?
Network & Sharing
unsecured network will not connect
so my girlfriend bought a new computer a toshiba sattelite brand new with windows 7 and it has internet connection problems. It only connects to the internet in the dorm which is unsecure but with limited connectivity there is no router in the dorm but it is their internet they are not borrowing...
Network & Sharing


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:20.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App