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    soapytwo
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    wireless protection (Windows XP)

    HI: I was told that if I disable my "shared files" when I go into wireless mode (such as at Starbuck's) I don't have to worry about someone getting into my system. Is this true?

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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: wireless protection (Windows XP)

    NO, this is not true. If you are going to connect to an unprotected shared network then you must
    <UL><LI>Disable file and printer sharing
    <LI>Make sure that you have a decent firewall and that is well configured and turned on
    <LI>Ensure that all Windows security patches are installed and up to date
    <LI>Take normal precautions against spyware and malware as you would anywhere else (AntiVirus software etc.)[/list]StuartR

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    soapytwo
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    Re: wireless protection (Windows XP)

    I guess what i am asking is, if i do have all the items that you suggested be done such as firewalls, patches, etc, then by disabling file and printer sharing, a cpu would be protected.

    It seems that that is the case, which is good news. thanks for the info.

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    Re: wireless protection (Windows XP)

    Lots of us do this all the time, it is as safe as any other kind of computing, you just need to take the appropriate precautions.

    StuartR

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