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I'm about to attend a large lan, so there's going to be a metric buttload .5 of people on this network. Are there any tips besides the obvious 'password protect your admin account', or 'disable privileges for shared folders'?
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I've never attended a lan party, but I'd secure my physical peripherals, maybe with http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/bunker or http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/s2/. Also, make sure no one can tamper inside your computer.
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Clean install, update all games on an admin account, then create a standard account to actually play games.

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I've never attended a lan party, but I'd secure my physical peripherals, maybe with http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/bunker or http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/s2/. Also, make sure no one can tamper inside your computer.

Unfortunately I've waited until the day before to ask this question, so I wont be able to order any physical components, but I do appreciate the advice!
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Clean install, update all games on an admin account, then create a standard account to actually play games.

Is the clean install necessary? Cant I just create a standard account on my existing install?
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Unfortunately I've waited until the day before to ask this question, so I wont be able to order any physical components, but I do appreciate the advice!
Well, I guess you could disable Windows Autoplay, or disable usb ports you won't be needing. Never know when an enterprising person might surreptitiously plug an infected drive or such. Glad to be of help smile.gif
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Create a back up or restore point before you go. Passwords on everything, mark all your equipment knowing its yours and document what you bring, take photos of it all, disable sharing of any folders or documents.

Get to know your neighbors. Get to know them well. They probably have the same concerns as you do about security.

Usually the lan admins will have a way for you to check in/check out your equipment and supply managed networking hardware. No one could really hack into someone elses stuff unless they knew what they were doing. And when people tried it wasn't but a few minuets until they were kicked out. Someone should be monitoring network traffic pretty closely I would hope if there is going to be that many people. Of course you can always just ask when you are there if they have any tips. I have been to a thousand + person lan and had zero issues. I have heard horror stories, and I believe them, but generally everything was fine. I made sure to LOG OFF and power down anytime I left my pc. Or at least put it in sleep mode. I would sometimes toss my jacket over my whole rig to help prevent anyone from touching my stuff.

If anyone was a prick, which there was always 'that guy', then just go tell someone. The point of the lan was to play games, socialize, hang out, and have fun.




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Housekeeping! Clean up your area and avoid any mess or spills!I was most irritated at the 10' tall tower of pizza boxes on someones tower and the 200+ bawls pyramid next to it more than anything else.
Edited by wyant50 - 11/1/12 at 10:12pm
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Clean install, update all games on an admin account, then create a standard account to actually play games.

That's not necessary. Most network exploits have nothing to do with a normal user account - and if you're thinking about physical access, click ctrl+L on your computer before leaving it (and turn up UAC, in case you forget to lock it).

My personal checklist:
- Disable autoplay.
- Turn up UAC
- Make sure your firewall is set to "public" rather than "home", and verify that you block most exploit holes (especially Windows File Sharing)
- Install all important Windows Updates.
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Wyant50 and gonX covered pretty much everything. You won't usually have any issues at LAN events but there is always a chance. Just follow their advice and you should have a great time. Word to the wise is to make sure that if someone has set up a FTP server, you make sure that it was cleared by the staff. Someone tried to do some infecting through sharing their files and was kicked out in about 30 minutes after someone found out that something wasn't right at one I went to.
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And just to highlight one of the best tips already brought up, always lick your computer when you get up. I've seen it happen a few times at competitive LANs where people will find unlocked computers and change key bindings for games.
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