stupid question... I want to make the contents of my pc's hard drive available via my network (ie for use on the laptop), not just the media player library but the actual directories and files themselves. is this possible without a vpn? assuming so, how do I make it happen, and is there any way to secure this access further than just network access? If not, please point me in the direction of an easy-to-use and secure vpn.
Just right click on the directory you want to share. Depending on your default win setting, there should be an option for sharing this dir. Follow the instructions from there. You can set a password to secure the access there.