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: Preventing Access TO Unsecured Wireless Networks

18 Apr 2010   #1
Susu

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Preventing Access TO Unsecured Wireless Networks

Hi all,

Nutshell version: Anybody know of any 3rd party software available that would make it impossible for the legal minors occasionally in my care to tap into my neighbours' unsecured wireless networks, either purposely or accidentally?

Thanks in advance for any and all practical solutions that do NOT involve unsolicited lectures to/at me on my caregiving style, since it is NOT the issue.
(Such answers will be reported to forum moderators as abuse anyway.)

Backstory: I see many discussions here and elsewhere about limited/no connectivity to networks, via wireless and otherwise. My question is a little bit different - in fact is of the opposite nature.

I also see many discussions about parental control software packages (including the one built into Windows 7) that attach time limits to computer access and/or that deny access to various software/settings. Even though as the Administrator I disabled all abilities for ordinary users of my notebook to have any choices/effect on anything offered up (as a choice) to do with "WLAN", I see that ordinary users without admin rights can still log onto others' unprotected wireless networks if mine is down.

I found an extensive discussion on this topic here (http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,13566512) that is now FIVE years old but have not found, despite intensive searching, any 3rd party software that can be applied (as other stealth and/or parental control software would) to make access to unsecured neighbouring wireless networks impossible to achieve.

Googling the topic shows that I am not alone in this quest, and that it is hardly a new problem either. I am VERY surprised - astounded actually - that no router manufacturer or parental control (or other security) vendor has yet to come up with anything... unless of course I am mistaken.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Apr 2010   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you tried looking in gpedit.msc? I don't know if this will work, but look in user configuration -> administrative templates -> network -> network connections -> prohibit access to the new connection wizard, and set it to enabled.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2010   #3
Nitroz

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

i can't find where is this : user configuration -> administrative templates -> network -> network connections -> prohibit access to the new connection wizard, and set it to enabled.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


Reply

 Preventing Access TO Unsecured Wireless Networks




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Working with 2 wireless networks - Internet access and HDMI wireless
Hi, I have just got an EZCast home multimedia wireless sharing device. It works great from my acer laptop and from my android phone. HTC one! My problem is that it works as an access point so both my phone and my laptop need to connect as clients. when I do this I have no connection to the internet...
Network & Sharing
Unsecured networks...for free wifi, safety issues.
I fell asleep while online using an unsecured network of unknown owner. I realized I was connected to a public wifi network for several hours.(which I had set up as "Public Network" and had Network discovery "Off" and files/printer sharing also "Off"). I feel I was freeloading with (?)...
Network & Sharing
Manage wireless networks - access denied
My wireless connection will not connect automatically to my BigPond Netgear modem since last week. It always linked fine previously. I go to the 'Manage wireless networks' window and notice no networks listed. When I attempt to add my wireless network and fill in all the details required,...
Network & Sharing
Can't connect to Unsecured Networks.
Hi, For some reason I can't connect to a unsecured network on Win7. The signal is 'Good', and it's a hotspot. I try to connect to it, I just get "Windows was unable to connect to network-name." I troubleshoot, but it just tells me to reset the router, but it's not even my AP.
Network & Sharing
Can't connect to certain unsecured networks
Went to the city library today - laptop wouldn't connect to any unsecured network. The library does not offer wifi, but you can detect 4-5 several unsecured networks nearby. I wasn't able to connect to any of them. One of them said "Public" - not sure who it belonged to - but the icon beside it was...
Network & Sharing
Police to Seek Out Unsecured Wireless Networks and Warn
(July 17, 2009) Police in Queensland, Australia plan to wardrive for unsecured wireless networks. Because cyber criminals often exploit these connections, police will search out the unsecured networks and warn their owners of the dangers they pose. People who have enabled security on their...
Chillout Room

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 11:38.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App