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Private or Public network.

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#1 Rh900TxV


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 03:58 PM

Hello all
My O.S. is Windows 10 Pro.
If the Public Network is the most restrictive for sharing then why does my System use it every time I disconnect from the Internet. I am having difficulties understanding this?
I am currently sharing files with the Private Network, which activates when I am online. Are my files safe with File and Printer sharing enabled while online?
Network configured as follows by Defender settings
Current Defender settings
Defender Firewall State = On
Incoming connections = Block all connections that are not on the list.
Private Network selected via settings. Always uses this network when connected to the web. Should it be the Public when online?  I set this myself in the Defender settings
Active private networks = My network Name    Status = Connected
Guest or Public Networks = Not connected   Incoming connections blocked.   Active public networks = None
NOTE: When I purchased this computer recently, the Public Network was always activating when I enabled the Network Adapter.

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#2 britechguy


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:34 PM

The default, which is for safety reasons, is that the machine is considered to be connected to a public network unless you have identified a specific network connection as private.  Whether a given network connection is public or private is managed in Settings -> Network & Internet, Status pane, Change connection properties link.  Once you set a given network connection as private (or public) it should be remembered as such until or unless you change it.

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