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Home Group internet - wondering if websites I visit are private

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I'm renting a room.  I have my own laptop.  The house has a router with two "connections": [Name of Family]" and "Guest".   I don't want landlord to be able to find my passwords, web pages I've vistited, etc.    I was given three choices: public, (one I forgot) and Homegroup.   I chose homegroup.  Just wondering if that makes what I'm doing on internet less private.
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If there's a password on the wireless network, then yes, whatever you send to the router will be encrypted.  As far as the homegroup is concerned, you don't need to join it if you don't want to.  In fact, I would treat his network as a public one since you don't want others sharing that network connecting to your computer and possibly playing with your files.
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The short answer here is no it gives them no access to any of your passwords or websites

here is a great tutorial (written by MS)
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows/homegroup-help#homegroup-start-to-finish=windows-7&v1h=win81tab1&v2h=win7tab1

Basically home groups are for sharing data and printers etc. which you select when you are joining the homegroup.

Let me know if you have further questions my friend.
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However i should add anyone who runs a sharehome may have a proxy or depending on what router they have they may be able to monitor in this way (still not passwords) but just websites. buy your average routers will only block specific websites and not keep track of what ones are visited. so if you cant get to youtube etc.. thats the landlord not wanting your to cripple their data.
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Here's an article that will help you choose what kind of network you're connected to:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/choosing-network-location#1TC=windows-7
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Also if you are worried about your browsing history both IE and Chrome (i dont use Firefox) have private browsing that doesnt get recorded

IE
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/what-is-inprivate-browsing#1TC=windows-7

Chrome
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464?hl=en

Again this will not stop the landlord from blocking a site.. but they will not be able to use your pc to see what you have done.
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They have opendns, whatever that means.  Frankly, I don't want them seeing any sites, just for basic privacy's sake.    However, the owners DO have the password to the "Guest" account.  So I guess my question is whether this allows them to be able to monitor the websites I visit from my laptop.  Should I change from Homegroup to the "middle option".
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Depending on what version of opendns they use then it may be possible to see which websites you are visiting. if you can tell me if they have the basic or the vip version i can be specific.

but if its not VIP then you are fine

the password to join the homegroup or wireless is strictly for security notto monitor you
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Thank you for your fast responses.
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No worries :) and goodluck
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