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Security Resources: Share-Level and User-Level

In most cases, the home user who has one PC and broadband (DSL or cable modem) access to the Internet does not require file and print sharing. With some home networks, however, it might be necessary to have that feature turned on. In scenarios like this, where file and print sharing must be turned on, it is essential to turn on share-level security. This requires the use of passwords and user authentication before using shared resources. With share-level security, one can restrict access to a shared directory or printer by either defining it as read-only or by assigning a password to it.

To share a directory or printer with share-level security, in Windows Explorer, right-click the icon for the directory or printer you want to share, and select Properties. You see the Properties dialog box, shown in Figure 10.11. Select the Sharing tab and enter a share name. Specify whether you want the user to have read-only or full access to the resource. Selecting Read-Only or Full requires you to enter a single password, whereas Depends on Password requires you enter two passwords—one that allows read-only access and on that allows for full access to the resource.


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