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Windows 7: home or public?

02 May 2011   #1

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home or public?

Hi I've just installed fresh copy of W7 enterprise and before it finished it asked me if my network is home, public or workplace.I've choose home since I am at my home but it says that in this matter my computer is visible.Did I do right or should I choose public since I browse a lot on the internet and I'm not sure how safe is this method (home settings).Great thanks.

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02 May 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

From here
Unidentified Networks - Set as Private or Public

Choose Private network (Work) for small office or other workplace networks. Network discovery, which allows you to see other computers and devices on a network and allows other network users to see your computer, is on by default, but you can't create or join a homegroup.
All computers are peers; no computer has control over another computer.
Each computer has a set of user accounts. To log on to any computer in the workgroup, you must have an account on that computer.
There are typically no more than twenty computers.
A workgroup is not protected by a password.

All computers must be on the same local network or subnet.
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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