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Staying safe on open networks

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#1 fu510N


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Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:38 AM

A coffee shop right next to my job just opened up a free wifi network. Obviosly I know there are many risks associated with using these types of networks, but what specifically can I do to make sure I am not compromised? I have my Shared Folders turned off, have Avira AntiVirus and Comodo Firewall. I also have Spyware and Adaware programs, but I am just curious if there is anything else I should be aware of. Is there any software that will alert me when someone attempts to connect to my machine when on this type of network?

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#2 Monty007


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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:02 PM

Hi, it looks good, in the firewall you can may sure file and print sharing is off and remote assistance.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:08 AM

Also make sure that your administrator account has a password. (Control panel>Administrative tools>Computer Management>Local Users and groups>Users) Right click administrator and click set password. This way your administrator account is secured.

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