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how to protect my computer?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by RoyB, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Sep 26, 2009 at 2:48 PM
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    RoyB

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    I am borrowing my neighbors wireless connection for a couple months until I figure out the best route for my next internet company. At any rate, is there any way to protect my computer in case he, or one of his kids starts snooping? I have file sharing off...but beyond that I have no idea. I ran a network wizard to bridge my lan connection so I can use my pc as well. is there ever a way to fully protect myself? I will not be doing any online banking unless I know its secure.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2009 at 3:22 PM
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    Does the neighbor know your using his connection??
    I never do banking or anything like that when Im on someone elses connection
    Im curious too so I hope you get some good replys to this
     
  3. Sep 26, 2009 at 3:43 PM
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    he knows, but i still dont feel secure....

    ive been doing all my online banking from my iphone lately...but there are some things that i cant do from the app that i would like to do from a pc with the banking.
     
  4. Sep 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    you are "Borrowing" your neighbors wireless and your the one who is worried about them stealing something from you? i think they would be the ones who would worry about you stealing info on them...If they trust you enough to let you use there internet, i would not even worry about them getting any info on you
     
  5. Sep 26, 2009 at 4:32 PM
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    well, im not WORRIED, but more trying to be pro-active in protecting myself anyways. plus I am pulling the signal off a wireless card, can anyone (like other neighbors) see what is being transmitted from the air waves? I don't know how this all works. I don't use wireless much because I don't know how secure it is.

    Even if my neighbor is a nice guy, and lets me use his internet, it doesn't mean he wont go snooping on my computer to see naked pictures of my gf ;)
     
  6. Sep 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    i would say just get your own internet..and be pro active and that way you will have nothing to worry about....plus you should never put anything on a pc that you dont want anyone to see..there are hacks everywhere.
     
  7. Oct 15, 2009 at 4:55 AM
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    How secure is your connection to his system? WEP enabled?
    Load Internet Explorer or Firefox and in address bar type 192.168.1.1
    If a prompt comes up asking for a user name and password enter: admin//admin
    Now, if that is accepted, I wouldn't trust the connection to do banking because that is about as basic as it gets. Run a good firewall or internet security program, such as Kaspersky.
     
  8. Oct 15, 2009 at 5:22 AM
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    I pay $45/month for high speed internet. The wireless signal is too weak from my neighbors to sign on and stay connected. If you can find a way to stay secure and get free internet from your neighbors do it. I would love to get this $45/month monkey off my back.
     
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