Simple File Sharing

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craiggsmith
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Simple File Sharing

Postby craiggsmith » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:21 pm

I was under the understanding that Simple File Sharing should be turned off for best security, but of course next to the option it says "Recommended". Is there any reason not to turn it off?
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Postby jdlessley » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:13 pm

craiggsmith wrote:I was under the understanding that Simple File Sharing should be turned off for best security, but of course next to the option it says "Recommended". Is there any reason not to turn it off?

For computers not networked, such as administrative computers, there is no reason to turn on Simple File Sharing. Turning it off makes security breaches more troublesome (for those trying to breach security). Even if you eventually do network the computer, using ACL gives better control of who gains access to shared resources.

Simple file sharing makes it easier (for network novices) to share files and other resources. It is enabled by default on Windows XP Professional systems that are members of a workgroup. Everything that's shared is accessible by everyone on the network under Simple File Sharing. There is a better way of sharing if you want to control who gets access to shared resources by specifing an Access Control List (ACL).
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Postby russellhltn » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:03 am

I always turn it off. In my book it's only for neophyte home/very small business users.

Assuming this is a WinXP install, you might also want to make sure that "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" is turned off or not present in the Networking properties as well. Having it there exposes your computer on the local network. Normally, that's not so bad, but because of some of the other church policies, it's a significant and serious security issue.

By default, Win7 is safe in that respect.
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Postby craiggsmith » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:08 am

OK, thanks very much, that's what I suspected.
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