Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:41 PM
I'm a computer tech by trade and work from home. Customers bring me their computers, I fix them and give them back. Of course, occasionally I'll receive a computer with various malware infections. Unfortunately, these days all the best malware removal tools (adware, spybot, avg, etc) require online installation and updates. Between that, windows updates, and the convenience of downloading files directly to their computer, I frequently add them to my home network.
Being tech-happy, I have various folders on our menagerie of home computers shared, some with write-access, and others with sensitive information (client contact info etc). As I know malware likes to explore networks, I always take the precaution of disconnecting all our home computers from the network before connecting the customer's computer. This is getting old fast! I'm wondering if anyone knows a safe way to put a computer onto a network to allow it internet access but NOT file-sharing access. Bare in mind we're often dealing with badly infected computers (including nasty root-kits), which means turning off file sharing on the infected computer is not good enough.
My only idea at the moment is to password-protect shared folders, but I can see this being just as irritating as I'm constantly accessing files from different computers. My home computers run on XP, Vista and Win 7, and everything goes through the AT&T Uverse router.
All suggestions and options welcomed!