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Other people's shared documents keep appearing in my Network Places

Posted on 2004-09-16
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I use my school's wireless connection to connect to the internet using my laptop (centrino processor). The connection is a VPN. However, I notice that when I am connected to the network that other people's shared documents folders keep appearing on my PC. Is this a security threat for me? Why is this? How do I make this go away? I have confidential data on my PC so this is important to me.

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Jeff
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When you say that other peoples shared documents are appearing on your pc, where are they appearing?  Are you certain that you are not looking at shares on different computers?  Please provide more information specifically what steps you take to actually see these shares and their locations.
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What you probably are seeing is shared resources that are on other peoples computers.  However to clarify this please answer the above post :)
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Or, if you cannot see these shared resources while you are NOT logged into your school's network, then that means what you are seeing is shared resources that are on the school's network and not on your computer.
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they are shared doc folders in "My Network Places". If I try to open theses folders while I'm on the network than I have to provide a password that I obvioulsy don't know.If I'm not on the network then it just tells me I have selected an invalid path.

I also can see them when I'm not on the school's network. The folders name are like "SharedDoc's... on Brians PC or Nisha's LT or annasdesk". I just want to make sure that they are not acquiring any of my docs or able to get to My Documents. Hope this helps...

Jeff
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Hi Jeff.

What you are seeing is other peoples shared resources (folders, files) in Network Neighborhood.  You only see them while you are connected to the network, so these files and folders are not on your computer.  When you try to access them while you are off the network you receive an Invalid Path error, which is conformation that these resources are not on your computer.  This is not a security threat to you in any way.  Hope this helps :)
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