Hotel Internet Network Security - what is normal?
Posted on 2004-10-06
I have a laptop which is part of an MSHOME workgroup in my Home Ethernet. I recently stayed at a hotel where I hooked up my laptop to the internet through their Ethernet connection. When I clicked onto network connections and then view-workgroup-computers, I can see other computers that apparently seem to be using the internet as well. A double click on these network places (other customer computers) shows all the folders those Internet users are sharing (here my guess is that this is because their workgroup is named the same). Here some share their entire computer without a password.
Now my question is, is this:
To me it seems that this is a major security risk, the hotel is exposing its customers to, even though it requires the customers to share folders to make unauthorized access possible. Is this true or is there nothing the hotel can do/should do to prevent these authorized access to shared folders.
What does the hotel need to do to block this? And is such a setting like this hotel has common or normal? This is a very well respected 5 star hotel which accomodates some of the most rich/famous people.