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How can i secure a notebook pc within a home wireless network

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April 13, 2012 11:58:27 PM

Is there any way to completely secure a notebook PC from other computers in a home wireless network? It's not outside hackers but untrustworthy roommates I'm concerned about, getting email passwords, online banking info, etc. I disabled file sharing, set the connection to "public" as if I'm at a public wifi hotspot, and bought a too-expensive Geek Squad plan in order to see if there were any keylogging programs on the computer. The guy said it hadn't been hacked.

Earlier on before I knew about disabling file sharing etc. I know they got into my email since I overheard them discussing it. I wondered *how* they might've done it. Before I got my notebook PC I was using the main, communal computer in the house; could a knowledgeable person have gotten passwords from there? One roommate used to work with computers and knows others who might be able to do a lot more than the average person.
April 14, 2012 4:30:32 AM

Yes, a keylogger is very possible on the communal computer to steal your password.

If you have a laptop now, you just have to install reliable security measures and set up strong password for your account to protect yourself.

Read these articles:

Free common sense internet security
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/242300-49-free-common...

Guide To Prevent Viruses and Spyware
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/238574-49-guide-preve...

Simple and free guide to removing malware
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/239851-49-simple-free...

What else have you just downloaded?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/242529-49-what-downlo...

And get yourself some protection:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/242173-49-free-softwa...

Download and install programs from "Antivirus and Antispyware" and "Free Firewalls"

I use Avira, Spybot S&D and Comodo firewall.
April 14, 2012 5:39:11 AM



Give your computer a Workgroup name none of the others have - leaving it as WORKGROUP or MSHOME will make it vulnerable. Make yours unique with upper and lower case letters and a couple of numbers. It prevents access to the casual network neighbour but also prevents file and printer sharing but a determined hacker will usually be able to find a way in so Pyree's suggestions are definitely necessary even if you change the Workgroup name.




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