Safe Computing 

Disable file sharing

Disable or remove peer-to-peer music, video and other anonymous file sharing programs. They are a source of many viruses and trojans. Examples of peer-to-peer programs, and instructions on how to remove them, can be found here

WARNING: It is against the Technology Use Policy to trade in copyright materials without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Because of this policy and the threat that this type of activity poses to the University network, Hamline ITS is now taking an active role in terminating peer-to-peer data transfers as they are detected on the network. 

Filesharing allows you to share files with other computers on your network. Unfortunately this also leaves your computer open for hackers. To disable filesharing:

1. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and choose Network Connections 
2. Right click on Local Area Connection and choose properties 
3. Remove the check box for File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks 
4. Click OK

To further protect your computer, you should also make sure you have a strong password set for all user accounts. To do this:

1. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and choose User Accounts 
2. Click on each account and change the passwords as needed

If you need to share files with others, the preferred method is using a departmental file server that is maintained by Hamline ITS, email, or copying to a CD or other removable media rather than using Windows File and Printer Sharing. 

NB. Running an SMB server (Microsoft compatible file shares) or other file sharing service is prohibited in the residence halls and apartment complex.

Need more help? Please contact the Help Desk by email or by phone at 651-523.2220