Security concerns on Internet connections
Please be aware on a serious security issue, in
case your system is connected to a local network and is also
configured to use Dialup-networking for connection to the
As part of the setup of the local network, File-and-Print Sharing
is installed in most cases, with sharing of the disk(s):
And on most private networks, passwords are usually not defined.
Lets have a closer look to the network configuration:
we need to check the combination "TCP/IP ->
Dial-Up Adapter" (which is used for the
And this is the security problem: when installing "File-and-Print
Sharing", then Windows configures by
default a Binding
(=connection) between each protocol (in this case the TCP/IP used
for the Internet connection) with the "File-and-Print
Result: your system is wide open for connections FROM
the Internet, everybody knowing your IP-address can now connect
to your disk !
as minimum protection, define
at least a Sharing password for your disk.
Better: do NOT allow a connection from the Internet to your local
Un-check (= interrupt) the Binding
between the TCP/IP protocol used on the Dial-Up adapter with the
For a higher level of security, you need to install a Firewall.