hard drive sharing

howie75

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I have a cable modem connection with a static ip address on my win2k box. I don't want to share my hard drives since, I don't have a network. Everytime I turn off the folder sharing for the hard drives, and reboot, the sharing's been turned on again. Is there anyway to turn off the sharing permanently?
 

GhostKat

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It sounds like you are talking about the shares made for Administrators. These are not easily turned off and if you do get them turned off permanantly there is a possibility of not being able to run certain system utilities that require the shares to be there. If you want to keep the neighborhood out of your computer, it would be best if you could buy something like a cable/dsl router that has a NAT router technology (which almost all do). This would probably be the most convient as it will not affect your computer in the slightest, it will however affect your internet connection in that if it goes bad, you won't be able to get on. *shrug* If you don't want to buy a router get something like zonealarm or other firewall programs that help lock down your computer from intruders.

GK

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Teq

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The default C$ share is only for admin purposes. It's not going to either release or block your files from being hacked into.

If you don't want to share stuff with the internet, you need to install a firewall. Tiny is my fave but it takes some knowledge of internet protocals to set up effectively:
<A HREF="http://www.webmasterfree.com/tpfw.html" target="_new">http://www.webmasterfree.com/tpfw.html</A>

You can get protocal information here:
<A HREF="http://www.networksorcery.com/enp/default0502.htm" target="_new">http://www.networksorcery.com/enp/default0502.htm</A>



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howie75

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Thanks guys for your replies. I guess I'm just being overly cautious about being hacked, since I do have a static ip, and leave my connection on for most of the day. I always run zonealarm's firewall program and just recently bought a router that has some firewall capabilities -mainly to connect my xbox to the internet. Main reason I even asked this question was I think I remember being able to turn off the sharing of the hard drive under win95 or win98.
Also, I don't see any difference with the operation of the computer when I do turn off the sharing off, so just thought might as well have it turned off for good. But, with the router and software firewall, I guess I shouldn't worry too much. Anyways, thanks again for the great info guys.
 

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What brand/model router did you buy? If it has ample firewall capability then once you set that up, provided you do it properly, then you should be fairly safe.
 

Teq

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Yes, the shares will turn off in 9X machines... but they don't support multiple concurrent users.

Heck... you could run a small ISP on win2k if you wanted to.

--->It ain't better if it don't work<---
 

jasen

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That default c$ share is horrible security. I have personally used it to mount up harddrives over the internet several times. Especially simple if any account on the pc has no password.
The easiest way to prevent someone from using this share, is to edit your local security policies. 2 things to change:
under 'local policies', 'user rights assignment', edit "allow access from the network" and "deny access from the network". You want to remove all users from the former, and add "everyone" to the latter.
Second, under "security options", edit "additional restrictions for anonymous connections" to read "No access without explicit permissions".

These two changes will keep out a lot of people.