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Ok, hopefully this is an intelligent question. I recently set up a file server for my home network (just set up an old PC running XP and set up some shared folders for music, movies, etc. ) Since all of the PCs on the network have access to it, should I be concerned with security?

I am thinking specifically about people being able to obtain access to my network and therefore my files by getting on to my wireless. I am using WPA2 with a good, long passkey.

Is the file server more at risk than any of the other computers? I was thinking it was not, since anyone getting onto my network could potentially gain access to all the computers????

What can I/should I do to secure my file server, if anything?
    
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Well first.. you can limit the number of people that can access your net via wireless.. plus using the WPA2 is a no brainer..

For example... I have 4 computers.. I setup my DHCP to only allow 4 devices to connect to my wireless. So far this has worked very well for me. If you really want to get secure on that file server.. pick up a router that can do access lists with permissions and such
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Ok, hopefully this is an intelligent question. I recently set up a file server for my home network (just set up an old PC running XP and set up some shared folders for music, movies, etc. ) Since all of the PCs on the network have access to it, should I be concerned with security?

I am thinking specifically about people being able to obtain access to my network and therefore my files by getting on to my wireless. I am using WPA2 with a good, long passkey.

Is the file server more at risk than any of the other computers? I was thinking it was not, since anyone getting onto my network could potentially gain access to all the computers????

What can I/should I do to secure my file server, if anything?
I would say your biggest vulnerability is the wireless. Most if not all routers these days have WPA or a security key. You can further your security by using mac filtering; and lastly, dont broadcast your SSID.

If you dont take precaution and someone somehow does get in, they will have access to all the shares.

On another note, I'm not sure what router gives out permissions?
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Ok, hopefully this is an intelligent question. I recently set up a file server for my home network (just set up an old PC running XP and set up some shared folders for music, movies, etc. ) Since all of the PCs on the network have access to it, should I be concerned with security?

I am thinking specifically about people being able to obtain access to my network and therefore my files by getting on to my wireless. I am using WPA2 with a good, long passkey.

Is the file server more at risk than any of the other computers? I was thinking it was not, since anyone getting onto my network could potentially gain access to all the computers????

What can I/should I do to secure my file server, if anything?
simplest solution, make the shared folders\\dirves ONLY accessible by users on your network. Simple go to those folders, click security, then add the usernames for each of the other PCs (the username they log in with, even if they are set to auto login). This will stop any PC that isn't part of your network from accessing the folder.
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Also, a couple extra security measures I do.

Add MAC filtering for wireless clients
Add DHCP for 200 clients and then for the last 54 have static IP's, any number you need, just remember only 254 IP addresses are usable.
Add other hard/strict rules.
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