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Windows 7: protect my computer from others on my network

30 Oct 2009   #1

Windows Vista Home Basic x32 OEM
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?

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30 Oct 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

It's simple. If you're running an account that they don't have a password to, they aren't going to access your stuff. Unless the are very swift with networking. I suspect that this is not the type of person/people you're worried about, correct?

To be on the safer side, turn off file and printer sharing, unless you're sharing a printer. Turn on password protected sharing. Turn off public folder sharing. And if no printer, disable netbios in your adapter settings for IPv4. Disable IPv6 and IP Helper service.

If you are very interested in keeping anyone out, run Zone Alarm. Put you network adapter in the interenet zone and do not give server permissions to anything. Use the setting to "block all servers." (Btw, ZA has free beta available.)

If you really want to get serious, you can use group policy to deny login to desktop after x number of unsuccessful attempts. If someone attempts x amounts of times, the pc will refuse to login for y amount of time you set it for.
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30 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit


1) Open up your Compter browse, right click each drives (root) and unshare it. Then right click each drives again to make sure all is Not Shared.

2) Local Group Policy
User config>admin template>windows components> Network sharing.
Enable it.

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30 Oct 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86

Good one Aem. +rep
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31 Jul 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home

I have the same question. I've tried turning off network detection and filing sharing and pretty much everything else in order to keep the other people on this network from being able to search my computer(s). However if I turn network detection on on say my lap top I can still browse all the files on my desktop and vice versa. no password required. And both computers require a password to log into their accounts. I don't know what I'm missing but I'm worried this means everyone else can view these files as well. Any ideas?
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