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I have three home computers networked all with win 98se. I use the windows family login, and have all the files and drives shared without passwords.  My question is: when im on the internet  are the files shared there as well.  One of the three computers a laptop asked the first time I logged on to the internet if I wanted to shut of sharing on TCP/IP, And i said yes.  The other two however did not ask this question.  Is there a way to manual shut off the sharing on the TCP/IP network and keep it on the others (IPX/SPX for gaming - NeTBEUI Because that is what the ADS book said too).

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I think this article that I got at MSN will help. The answer is yes and hackers look for networks.

http://computingcentral.msn.com/guide/mastercomputing/#connecting

Connecting Safely to the Internet  

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If you have a Windows 95/98 local area network (LAN) at home, you probably use "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" so other computers can share your files and peripherals. The problem is that your Internet connection can function as an extension of your LAN, allowing millions of Internet users potential access to your computer. That's why LAN users need to protect themselves. So take a few minutes and follow these simple steps to keep your computer safe.

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Disable the microsoft family TCP/IP binding for Dial up networking.
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As long as you are not sharing files on the Dial-UP TCP/IP connection on the computer that is directly connected to the internet, you should be fine.  If you are still not sure that you are secure, go to https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 and follow the instructions.
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jjcontact's comment seems to be the answer i was looking for
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Edgrimley suggestion that you go to a site like http://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 is a good one.  I have been there (Shields up) and Gibson couldn't get on my computer. :) It is a good back check.
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