Solved

wifi question

Posted on 2015-01-08
6
138 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-09
Saw an item of CBC talking about a woman in her hotel room using the wifi who received a phone call from someone in the hotel bar telling her she had better close her file sharing and get off the wifi right away because he could see all her info including bank accounts, passport info etc which she had on her laptop.  How do you shut off file sharing?  I always use hotel and ship wifi and often they warn you that others could see your stuff.  What do you recommend in order to prevent this problem.
Thanks,
capreol
0
Comment
Question by:capreol
6 Comments
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
Mike Lloyd earned 167 total points
ID: 40539237
Here is a good article on how to disable it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/turn-sharing-on-or-off

Really, your best bet is to just disable file sharing. Hotel networks are often dangerous, and without going to a hassle, your best bet is to just disable it, as I referenced in the link above. Also, just be conscious and don't keep important files on your laptop when using unsafe WiFi connections; keep a USB key or external hard drive for that. That's the easiest way to be safe. :)
0
 
LVL 17

Assisted Solution

by:BudDurland
BudDurland earned 167 total points
ID: 40539245
The first thing you do is disable resource sharing.  Then install a good personal firewall.  Make sure ALL the local user accounts have passwords.  Keep your operating system and application software up to date with patches.  

Some useful Links:

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-make-sure-my-laptop-is-secure-while-i-travel-1495527128

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/laptops/10-ways-to-secure-a-laptop-1148348/2#null
0
 
LVL 80

Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40539329
when you connect to the network you are shown a pop up public, work, home.. when on public wifi always chose public
0
Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.

 
LVL 92

Expert Comment

by:nobus
ID: 40539649
you never can expect privacy when transmitting your data with an emitter - which is what you do with wi-fi
0
 
LVL 54

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 166 total points
ID: 40540590
I wonder why no one has yet written, that by default, file sharing is disabled, so no matter on what type of firewall profile you are (public/private/domain), the ports are closed, no one can come in.
Recommendation: know what you are doing, no more, no less. So if you decide to turn on sharing, know the consequences.

But it seems you haven't changed the defaults, have you? Then there's no need for action.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:capreol
ID: 40540920
Thanks very much for your help.  It is much appreciated.
capreol
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
It’s been over a month into 2017, and there is already a sophisticated Gmail phishing email making it rounds. New techniques and tactics, have given hackers a way to authentically impersonate your contacts.How it Works The attack works by targeti…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…

790 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question