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Windows 10: public or private network (Solved)

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Best Answer iammykyl , 11 June 2017 - 04:23 AM

.So my daughter should set it to private, but with Network Discovery turned off?Chris.No.   Set Network to Public and Network Discovery to off.   Means she can access a public networ... Go to the full post »


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Hello there!

Really quick question....... My daughter came to me last night really alarmed because she had discovered that her Windows 10 laptop - which is connected to our wireless - says it is connected to a public network. She was so worried she has turned on flight mode!

I have a home network to enable me to share between my desktop and notebook. My daughter doesn't want to be a part of that (heaven forbid that Mum should be able to view her files :) ) so I am thinking that public is actually probably the right setting for her. Am I correct, please?

Chris.
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"How to change Windows 10 network location from Public to Private"

https://www.dost-tec....php?f=10&t=916


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With respect, you did not answer my question, Freebooter!

I know how to change the setting. I just need to know which setting she should be on! Public automatically makes one think it is insecure, but am not sure that this actually is the case. I need a clear explanation of what the two settings mean.
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A public network is a type of network wherein anyone, namely the general public, has access and through it can connect to other networks or the Internet. This is in contrast to a private network, where restrictions and access rules are established in order to relegate access to a select few. Since a public network has few or no restrictions, users need to be wary of possible security risks when accessing it.


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A public network is a type of network wherein anyone, namely the general public, has access and through it can connect to other networks or the Internet.

correct for the actual; network, but if you do not wish your device to be seen by others, you need to turn off Network Discovery

<>  http://www.digitalci...blic-windows-10


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Sure. But that's a bit different from what I read at http://www.dummies.c...-in-windows-10/
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Sure. But that's a bit different from what I read at http://www.dummies.c...-in-windows-10/
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Sorry about posting twice - am on my mobile! :(
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Sorry again, as missed your reply iammykyl.

So my daughter should set it to private, but with Network Discovery turned off?

Chris.
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Please see reply 5

system has a hiccup,


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✓  Best Answer

.So my daughter should set it to private, but with Network Discovery turned off?

Chris.

No.   Set Network to Public and Network Discovery to off.   Means she can access a public network but no one e;se on the network can see her device.

 

Usual Microsoft making things simple :D


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That's what I thought originally, although then I got confused! You are right about Microsoft liking to make things complicated! :)

Will get my daughter to leave it set to 'Public', but disable Network Discovery.

Thanks very much for your help.

Chris.
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You are very welcome.

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