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Network and Sharing Center Public or Private

by zo9345 / June 27, 2009 1:36 AM PDT

Yes I have Vista and my laptop is connected wireless thru router
also have another pc wireless as well
In Network and Sharing center in vista it says Public or private option
I dont plan on sharing files or anything like that
Since I have a router and have no plans for sharing files
what option should I set this to Public or Private?

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(NT) Since it is your own (closed), network, Private is fine.
by John.Wilkinson / June 27, 2009 2:33 AM PDT
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Vista Public or Private
by zo9345 / July 8, 2009 4:56 AM PDT

I thought public was a safer choice?

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It is, but...
by John.Wilkinson / July 8, 2009 12:10 PM PDT

The main difference is whether or not you want other devices on the network to be able to see the device. At an airport while accessing a public hotspot, that can be risky. On your own network, behind a presumably password-protected router with a built-in firewall and using WAP/WPA2 encryption, the risk is negligible. Private is always safest, but Public ensures easier transfer of files between devices in the future, without changing settings on multiple devices, without posing a viable risk.

Hope this helps,

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