Windows 10: network setting

  1.    17 Nov 2017 #1

    network setting


    Which is the preferred setting for windows 10 network.....public or private?
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  2.    17 Nov 2017 #2

    Plankton said: View Post
    Which is the preferred setting for windows 10 network.....public or private?
    Well, that would pretty much depend upon if you were attached to a public or private network. At home, behind your router's firewall, the private network setting allows you to share files and folders and allows other computers on the same private network to see each other.

    If you are in a library or hotel or McDonald's, then you want the public setting to keep other computers on that public network from seeing your computer.
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  3.    17 Nov 2017 #3

    Thank you. So my next question; why is the default setting on a clean install set to Public?
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  4.    17 Nov 2017 #4

    Plankton said: View Post
    Thank you. So my next question; why is the default setting on a clean install set to Public?
    Because that is the more restrictive setting. Let's say they made Private the default setting. You go to the library or McDonald's and connect to their WiFi - if private was the default setting your computer would be exposed to the public network until you changed it to Public.
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       17 Nov 2017 #5

    Private at home. Public without some extra restrictions can leak some info out. Use a VPN while traveling or on local public hotspots.
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