john ha wrote:
> Finally, I'm just trying to put my mind at ease
> to understand if a neighbor hacker
> can break into my Vista computer
> and access the hard drive's files,
> if my laptop is wirelessly connected to an unsecured router
> (meaning they connect to the unsecured router, and connect
> to my laptop that's wirelessly connected to the router).
> I accidentally left the connection unsecured (it's been secured)
> for 2 hours, and wondering if they could have broken in and
> files that were stored on the hard drive.
> Is it possible?
Yes, it is possible. It's even easy if the purported hacker/cracker
knows (or can detect) your computer's name. All WinNT-descended
operating systems, of which Vista is one, has a built-in, albeit hidden,
administrative "Share" of which any serious hacker/cracker would be
aware. This is why, as I've already mentioned, the standard security
practice is to rename the built-in Administrator account, set a strong
password on it.
Now, is it likely? Probably not. First of all, one of your neighbors
would have to want to hack/crack others' computers, acquire the
knowledge, skills, and tools to do so, and then want to get at /your/
files in particular. And then they'd have to do so during that two hour
window when your wireless router was unsecured.
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