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Disable File and Printer Sharing for Additional Security
Article ID: 199346 - View products that this article applies to.
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When you try to connect to the Internet using Dial-Up Networking, you may receive the following prompt:
File and printer sharing is running on the TCP/IP connection you will use to access the Internet. Other users on the Internet might be able to access your files.
Would you like Windows to disable file and printer sharing on the TCP/IP connection to the Internet?
This prompt is a security reminder that disabling the File And Printer Sharing network component while you have your Dial-up Networking connection open prevents unauthorized access to your files, printers, and network. If the File And Printer Sharing component is enabled for the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack that is bound to your Dial-Up adapter, external users of the Internet may have access to your computer or network.
NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends not enabling the File And Printer Sharing component with Dial-up Networking.
To disable the File And Printer Sharing component for your Dial-Up adapter:
Internet connects to a broadband device connected to a Hub that connects to home computersTo configure a network to safely share files and printers on a network adapter exposed to the Internet, unbind File and Printer sharing to TCP/IP binding to the exposed adapter:
Another solution is to install Internet Connection Sharing if you are running Windows 98 Second Edition which provides protection as documented in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
241570To install Internet Connection Sharing (ICS):
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241570/EN-US/ )Security Features of Internet Connection Sharing
NOTE: ICS should only be installed on the computer that you use to connect to the Internet. This computer is called the host. The other computers on the Local Area Network (LAN) that use the host to connect to the Internet are called clients. The Internet programs on the clients should be configured to connect by using a LAN.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230140/EN-US/ )Only One Internet Connection Sharing Host Is Required on a LAN