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Can a virus transfer to my computer from someone else's over a wifi network?

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#1 Guest_gacl_*


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Posted 06 May 2016 - 06:33 AM

So I am going to connect my Windows laptop to my school wifi. Is this unsafe? If some other student has a virus on their computer could it travel to mine without me doing anything? I have avg antivirus free and Windows firewall on and I will set it to public. Does Windows firewall stop people from connecting to my laptop? Any ways thanks for all the answers!

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#2 Didier Stevens

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 02:17 PM

Yes & yes, but make sure your Windows machine is patched too.


FYI: there are also Wifi networks that are configured to isolate each client. Clients can not communicate with each other in such Wifi networks. You coul ask your school's IT admin if Wifi clients are isolated.

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