File Sharing

If your home or office computer is not connected to a network, the file sharing should be disabled, otherwise any hacker may easily read (and modify or delete) all your files in units that allow file sharing. To check and disable such sharing, go to Control Panel, click on Network and Internet Connections icon (or Network Connections, depending on how your Windows is configured), select your network connection and click it with the right button of the mouse, selecting Properties from the menu that will show up. Uncheck the File and Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks box. This will disable file sharing and prevent your PC from being invaded.

Disabling File SharingFigure 1: Disabling file sharing.

If you have more than one computer at home or in the office and in case they are connected in a network, possibly you will need file sharing to exist – after all, that is usually why we set up a network. Here you have some options to improve your network’s security, depending on how your broadband Internet connection is being shared. Let’s take a look at all posible options.

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.