File sharing over Linksys router. How to disable?

By neAd ยท 25 replies
Aug 1, 2010
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  1. Ok, so I have two computers in my is mine and my sister computer, and the other one is my dad computer.
    so he set up a linksys router file sharing between our computer and i have got to find a way to disable it so he wont be able to explore my computer files!!
    of course not see my internet bookmarks and history...

    how can i do it?
    I am the administrator of my computer!!
    No biggie, right?
    Do i have to disable it from his laptop computer? I just need to not let him explore my computer from his...

    editing permission is useless! when he wasnt home i tried exploring my computer from his and i could change security permissions (like Modify, Read...) and just explore C and D drives, although I changed my specific folders secrutiy settings i could change them from his computer - its like he is the Workgoup network Admin he can do whatever he wants on my computer from his copmuter, i have to disable this sharing!

    plus - where can i learn about computer technology and all this interesting stuff?
    So i will be able to do things myself!
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    stop surfing the porn sites and you have nothing to worry about, your dad seems to know heaps more about pc's etc and anything you do he will undo.

    as for where to learn,,,well in the words of the Beatles, here there and everywhere....
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Captaincranky once said it on here best
    So, sorry neAd

    Don't think you'll find that kind of "help" here :stickout:
  4. ChinoNYC

    ChinoNYC TS Enthusiast Posts: 85

    Yeah, we're not in the business of helping you contribute to your own masterbative tendencies. Learn to understand that Dad has a right to know what you have been up to and if you're really doing your homework, like you're supposed to do on a Sunday afternoon anyway.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    IMO flawed plan, if he's even checking up on what files you have on your computer, he'd obviously notice if you disabled it.
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Another excellent point HK!! I hadn't even thought of it from that perspective. And you're absolutely right! :)
  7. hughva

    hughva TS Rookie Posts: 58

    Let's look at the upside.
    You're lucky in that your dad cares enough to keep track and wants to protect you (It's not unusual that we need protection from ourselves). You're also lucky that he's able to afford to supply you with equipment and internet access. I'd tell you about my own poverty-stricken, dad-deprived childhood, but it probably wouldn't help.
    I'd start by asking him to show you how to beat the system. He sounds at least somewhat knowledgeable and might be interested to see you inquiring about something other than chat, games and porn.
  8. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Not going to answer your real question, but I will respond to one point.

    The best way to learn things yourself, in my opinion, is to get out there and do them. Try things out. Mess things up. Then fix your problems.

    God knows, the only reason I'm so good at computers is because, when I've found a problem, I've spent however many hours it's taken figuring out either how to solve it or that it can't be solved.

    Most people don't want to spend time figuring things out for themselves, and that's fine. That's why I have a job! :D But if you do put in the effort, you'll learn how to fix your problems, and pick up some good computer support skills with which to impress your friends and the ladies.
  9. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I guess I know where the emphasis is on this point :p
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    LOL Gee, and maybe Dad's keeping an eye on the "implementation methods" and means to that end! ;)
  11. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Haha... Thanks anyway!
    You know what...I think you have made me think how unimportant it is, and how games and chats aren't really important (although I know that....) and wont help me in my life too.
    So my real target has been how do I LEARN - I don't know where to start.
    any suggestions? or life stories? =)
    Im really curious!

    and its not a joke!
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    There really is no substitute for doing it yourself.

    If you have plenty of hard drive space, speak to your dad about installing Virtualbox, or using VirtualPC. If your dad is tech savvy, then he might well be prepared to deliberately break virtual installs for you, so you can learn how to fix things.Speak to him about it.

    You can read every book under the sun, but unless you practice what you learn you'll never get anywhere.

    EDIT: Virtualbox is software that enables you to install and run virtual operating systems directly from your windows/linux desktop. Among a whole host of things, its really good for messing around with, as worse case scenario you totally destroy your virtual install, and at no point does it effect your main OS.
  13. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks!

    What do you suggest me to read?
    What did you do to be tech savvy?

    Of course I have to practice...its like acquiring knowledge but never do anything with it.


    is virtual box truly safe??
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    On the subject of File Sharing; that is not controlled via a setting in the router but
    can be manipulated via the Firewall(s), the File Sharing Settings and the NTFS permissions, most of which is on each PC.

    Networking is interesting if only because there are components (hardware & software) in diverse locations which influence the overall results.
  15. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But NTFS permissions can easily be changed by the other computers in the same network work group, or take ownership of files and folders...
  16. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    As to reading, i'd offer a couple suggestions

    1. One of the best sources is already at your fingertips: the internet and a good search engine (use Google)
    > I'd suggest you first start to learn basic search engine syntax for finding things
    > Tricks like using double quotes ("") for literal string searches and plus (+) to emphasize certain search words. You'll learn to start getting better hits for matches. Then experiment with search terms like overview windows or beginners guide file sharing

    2. You can also try searching in Microsoft TechNet. While much of TechNet might be too detailed for a beginner, i think if you look you will still find some good, basic overviews

    3. You might also checkout sites like Tech Repulic to find overviews. Also ZDNet

    Gluck. Have fun. And remember, Dad will still be keeping an eye on you. :D

    Tho Dad sounds like he'd be another good source of info :)
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Only those logins (or groups) with Full Control can do that, which should be severely limited.
    The problem here is far too many systems are running with the user on an Admin Account
    24/7 which is suicidal! All users should be on a Limiter or UAC controlled account AND
    no remote login should have Full Control.

    It should be painfully obvious that this is an open doorway the size of a barn door for infections :duh:
  18. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its weird you haven't mentioned books, but with the internet technology today I cant really say if they are useful.
    Personally I like reading books, not informative but fiction and more.

  19. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    SO how do I change this??
    I don't have a clue
  20. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Using the Admin Account
    • get the Control Panel
    • open User Accounts
    • Add new user
      • set it to Limited or UAC
      • add the password for it
    • also be sure to set a password for the Admin Account
    • change the way users logon
      • set BOTH options [x]
    then get a command prompt and enter Services.MSC
    make sure Fast User Switching is started and set to Automatic start (see the properties)
    make sure Terminal Services and RPC are autostart also

    log off the Admin account
    When you log on to the new UAC account, the user area will be initialized--
    allow it to COPY the existing defaults

    The My Documents from the Admin account can then be copied into the New User area
  21. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I know this, the laptop can explore my desktop commuter and the Admin user in laptop can change security...I dont want to change the user in the laptop to Limited only in the network work group so.....
  22. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    cant you change your router options on the computer it is connected to?
  23. neAd

    neAd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dont know the password, but told me that its unrelated to the router and its the computer settings
  24. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    BTW I think the point of a password is so that anyone who doesn't know the password can't alter any settings.
    But go ahead and try anyway, if you really want to.
  25. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184


    Can't you just ask your Dad all these questions? :suspiciou

    From the sounds of things he should know the answers.. Or are you still trying to circumvent Dad's "checking in?" over the network :evil:

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