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Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Posted: February 20, 2000
Other Configuration Settings
The Configuration tab in the network applet has a few other settings that need to be decided upon before moving on. For your Primary Network Logon, you are most likely going to want to choose Windows Logon. As for File and Printer sharing, feel free to enable it, but realize that this may open you up to hackers on the Internet. To prevent them from being able to upload files to your computer, when you share drives, make sure that you set them to read-only access. You can always go to the other computer and download the files from there, and this way, while hackers may still be able to read your email, they can't crash your system or send you a virus by simply cracking your file sharing passwords.
When setting up your network identification, you need to make sure you do two things:
(1) Choose a name for your computer that is unique to your network.
(2) Make sure the workgroup is the same one everyone else is on.
The first one is simply common sense, and the second one will make it easier to browse your network, and may even speed it up a little bit.
Choose share-level access control unless you never connect to the Internet (not likely) or you absolutely have to. This makes it more difficult for hackers to attack your system because you can give each drive/folder it's own password.
I know, this really isn't a tweak, but I wanted to reiterate the fact that it is very important to only give read-only access (with a password) to other computers if you are going too be to lazy to disable file sharing when you are on the Internet. This is extremely important so don't forget it!