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Caolang



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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: How to Protect your Files from Other Network Reply with quote

How to Protect your Files from Other Network Users by Disabling Admin Shares

Is your office computer connected to a network? Do you have important files on your computer that are considered confidential and should not be seen or accessed by just anyone? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should read this article because it is meant for you. You may have a computer security problem that you may not even be aware of.

Do you know what an administrative share is? In the simplest terms, it is an automatic share that is created when Windows is installed on a computer. For a standalone PC, that shouldnít be a real cause for concern but for a computer connected to a network, itís dangerous. It can be dangerous because the shares created donít only share a file or a folder; it shares the whole drive. In fact, it does the same thing for every partition on your computer. If, for example, you have drives C: and D: as existing partitions on your computer at the time you installed Windows XP Professional or Windows 7, you can be sure that your partitions were automatically shared. Most users are not even aware of this and this is where the problem lies.

Finding out if your Windows operating system created administrative shares



1. Right-click on My Computer on the desktop and select Manage

2. After the Computer Management console loads, expand Shared Folders

3. Select Shares

4. Look at the right side and see if your partitions are shared. It is easy to spot because it will look something like C$ or D$ which is dependent on your computerís drive letters

If you find one or all of your partitions there, then youíve got administrative shares. You should seriously consider disabling it to secure your computer.



Loading the Registry Editor



The best way to do this is to change a value in the registry. Follow the steps below to load the Registry Editor.



1. Press the Start button

2. Select Run

3. Type Regedit in the dialog box

4. Select Ok and the Registry Editor loads afterwards

Disabling administrative shares



In this task, we need to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer

\Parameters



To get there, please follow the steps below.



1. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

2. Expand System

3. Expand CurrentControlSet

4. Expand Services

5. Expand LanManServer

6. Select Parameters

7. Look for the REG_DWORD entry named AutoShareWks

8. Double-click on it and change the value to 0

In case the entry AutoShareWks does not exist, do the following:



1. Right-click on the right side of the editor

2. Select New, then DWORD

3. Type AutoShareWks as the name of the entry

4. Check that the value is 0

5. Close the editor

6. Reboot the computer



After rebooting, go back to the Computer Management console and check the shares
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Chetty19



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good information on how to protect files from other network. Few months ago, I signed up with vpn for kodi and got good streaming speed with unlimited bandwidth. They are really good at it.
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