I am trying to give file and print sharing working over my home network. I have an XP machine and 2 98 machines (lets call them A and B). Now, here's the problem I am having. On just 1 of the 98 machines (A), if I put a full-access password for sharing, the XP machine can see the computer, but when I put in the password it just stays at the password input screen. Nothing happens. However, on the other 98 machine (B) there is a password and the XP machine is able to access it just fine. But, the 98-B machine can access the 98-A machine just fine with the password. But, if I remove the password on the 98-A machine, XP can access the files just fine, and so can the 98-B machine.
Now, my question is this. Should I even worry about keeping the password enabled? I mean is there an actual security risk if it's left blank? The network is connected to the internet through a cable router (Linksys) with built in firewall. If it is not advisable to keep the password blank, does anyone know a possible solution? Thanks.
As long as your permissions for file and print sharing is not turned on for tcp/ip it should be okay without a password. There will be no way anyone can access your files via network protocol. What protocols are you using? TCP/IP is a given. If you want to use file sharing and print sharing just put the permission in another type of protocol like netbui or ipx/spx. TCP/IP should never have file and print share. Just my rule of thumb since thats the primary protocol for the internet.
tcpip is all that is needed, if your not running with a firewall, having file and print sharing on is the least of your problems. the only reason for ipx and tcpip to be installed on the same machine is for games. netbui is not worth anything any more. xp doesnt even support netbui any more, you have to find it in a separate install pack on the cd.
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