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Add a layer of Internet security

Network admins sometimes have to make trade-offs when dealing with security. If a system is completely secure, some functionality may be lost; if all the functionality is retained, it can open up the system to vulnerabilities.

Firewalls help secure computers that are directly connected to the Internet. To add another layer of security, disable two services: Client For Microsoft Networks and File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks. These services are already disabled on dial-up network connections.

1. Open the Network Connections folder.

2. Right-click on the connection to the Internet--Local Area Connection--and select Properties.

3. In the General tab, deselect Client For Microsoft Networks and File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks.

4. Click OK.

Disabling the Client For Microsoft Networks prevents the computer from accessing shared folders and printers through the SMB/CIFS protocol. Disabling File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks prevents others from accessing that computer's shared folders and files.

Note: These two settings are individually defined for each network interface.

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