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Chapter 31. Using Windows XP's Networkin... > Sharing Your Resources So Other Folk... - Pg. 375

Using Windows XP's Networking Features 375 · Firewalling the connection--If the connection reaches out directly to the Internet, you should protect yourself from malicious hackers by putting up Windows XP's firewall. Highlight the con- nection, select File, Properties, display the Advanced tab, and activate the Protect my computer and network ... check box. · Controlling Internet Connection Sharing--You can turn off a shared Internet connection by first highlighting the connection, and then selecting File, Properties. In the Advanced tab, deactivate the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box. If you don't want other users to be able to disable the shared connection or make other changes to it, deactivate the Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connec- tion check box. Sharing Your Resources So Other Folks Can Play with Them The lifeblood of any peer-to-peer network is the resources that have been shared by the various computers in the workgroup. To see why, just consider the variety of things that can be shared: · Folders--You can set up common folders so that some or all of the network users can access files and documents. · Disk drives--You can give users access to entire drives, including Zip and Jaz drives. · CD or DVD drives--You can set up a shared drive so that another user who doesn't have a CD or DVD drive can still run a program or access data. (Note that not all programs will run from a shared network CD or DVD.) · Printers--By sharing a printer, you save either the expense of supplying each user with their own printer, or the hassle of moving a printer from one machine to another. · Internet connections--You can set up an Internet connection on one machine, and the other