1.    26 Jun 2017 #1
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    Visual Studio 2017 - Use it without logging into MS Account?


    Purchased a copy of Visual Studio 2017.

    Unfortunately, due to hacking and surveillance concerns I don't want my coding work stolen or publicized before it's done and releasable.

    Is there a way to use VS 2017 without needing to log into my Microsoft Account all the time? I'm concerned if the computer is connected to the internet then my work will be remotely downloaded/copied/resold/whatever without my consent.

    Thanks for your help.
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  2.    26 Jun 2017 #2

    I have never logged in to MSA via VS... it's just for online Team stuff and remote access, I think.
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  3.    26 Jun 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I have never logged in to MSA via VS... it's just for online Team stuff and remote access, I think.
    I was under the impression it requires regular logins for account and purchase verification. Have you tried running it offline for extended periods of time?
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  4.    26 Jun 2017 #4

    Sorry, I should have mentioned I have always been key activated... not sure how the MSA purchases work...maybe you are right that it requires verification - then I would rather go with community edition?
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  5.    26 Jun 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelps View Post
    Purchased a copy of Visual Studio 2017.
    Unfortunately, due to hacking and surveillance concerns I don't want my coding work stolen or publicized before it's done and releasable.
    Is there a way to use VS 2017 without needing to log into my Microsoft Account all the time? I'm concerned if the computer is connected to the internet then my work will be remotely downloaded/copied/resold/whatever without my consent.
    If you do not share your work with others, no one can have any access to it. You are overthinking security and asking multiple questions about the same thing, which is dealing with securing the system and network. Do not know what you are looking for, other than if you do not create a public share, your computer will show up on a network, but no one can access it. Same as when you see network shares on your computer from others, it does not mean that someone is going to just get on your network and attempt to connect with your computer, when you do not allow them access.
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  6.    26 Jun 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Sorry, I should have mentioned I have always been key activated... not sure how the MSA purchases work...maybe you are right that it requires verification - then I would rather go with community edition?
    Community Edition gives 90 days of use with account creation and verification required after the first 30 days.
    Quote Originally Posted by bro67;
    If you do not share your work with others, no one can have any access to it. You are overthinking security and asking multiple questions about the same thing, which is dealing with securing the system and network. Do not know what you are looking for, other than if you do not create a public share, your computer will show up on a network, but no one can access it. Same as when you see network shares on your computer from others, it does not mean that someone is going to just get on your network and attempt to connect with your computer, when you do not allow them access.
    I've had network intrusions in the past and loss of work. This is despite a fully updated system running antivirus and firewall. I may have someone in my local area or picked up a persistent 'spy' or 'hacker' somewhere along the way. That's the reason I'm very concerned with security. Local law enforcement either aren't interested or don't know what to do.
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  7.    26 Jun 2017 #7
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    Unless you publicly announce what wifi hotspot is yours, no one is going to take the time to look in billions of IP's to find out which one yours is. Everyone's network gets pinged by foreign IP's to try and find a way in. It is the same thing with a building. Unless you announce which IP is yours, use out of the box Passphrase or a weak passphrase, there are very limited ways into a network.

    I have yet to see anyone try to break into my network, let alone why they would, when there is nothing out there for them to go after.

    Law Enforcement is not going to do anything, since it is a waste of their time if they responded to everyone crying that someone from Russia is trying to find a weakness on someone's network.
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  8.    27 Jun 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by bro67 View Post
    Unless you publicly announce what wifi hotspot is yours, no one is going to take the time to look in billions of IP's to find out which one yours is. Everyone's network gets pinged by foreign IP's to try and find a way in. It is the same thing with a building. Unless you announce which IP is yours, use out of the box Passphrase or a weak passphrase, there are very limited ways into a network.

    I have yet to see anyone try to break into my network, let alone why they would, when there is nothing out there for them to go after.

    Law Enforcement is not going to do anything, since it is a waste of their time if they responded to everyone crying that someone from Russia is trying to find a weakness on someone's network.
    I live in a densely populated urban area. I have over 10 WiFi networks visible to my machine at any one time. My neighbor (who I share a wall with) was renting to a guy from Russia, as well as a bunch of other students. Students like free WiFi. Students like gossip. Students don't like very high rents. The rent in my area is very high.

    Does anyone have any constructive advice on securing a network? If there's a high-risk group for network hacking I'm in the high-range of high-risk for home-networks.

    Please only provide constructive advice in these threads. Attacking the validity of the initial questions wastes everybody's time, including those who come looking for assistance from other people's questions. That's a good way to spot a good thread or a good forum from a bad one: the initial poster, if clearly not a troll, doesn't have their thread topic attacked but instead has genuine attempts at answering the original question...
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  9.    27 Jun 2017 #9
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    Again no one is going to take time to try and get into someone's network when you have it secured with a good passphrase and do not have open public shares that someone can see if they are connected on the network.

    You have asked the same question about security in multiple threads and the criticism is that you are not allowing people to state that you are overthinking something that is not going to happen.

    If you have a github account, make sure that it is secured. If you keep backups of your programs, keep them offsite with a strong password for the account.

    Again, no one is going to take time to search out some random IP and see what they can find. Those IP's that are currently getting attacked today are actually large systems or systems that are hosted on a VM, which may not be the actual target.

    Just watch what you are doing when online and do not announce which hotspot is yours in the neighborhood. I can pick up over 30 hotspots from where I sit in my living room. That means nothing, other than they are radios showing that they are available to those who have the passphrase to connect.
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