Disable File and Print Sharing

Turning off file sharing will prevent wireless access to files on your computer over the network you're connected to, thus making your computer more secure.

Faculty and staff: Make sure you do not need these services before disabling them. Contact the Help Center at (302) 831-6000, or if your department has computer support personnel (CITAs), please check with them first before completing these steps.

Students: IT recommends disabling file sharing for all students.


Disable Windows File and Print Sharing

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet.
  3. Click Change advanced sharing settings in Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Turn off file and printer sharing, and click Save changes.
  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Under Network and Internet, click View Network Status and Tasks.
  3. Click Change Advanced Sharing Settings on the left pane of the screen.
  4. Under File and Print Sharing, select Turn off file and print sharing.
  5. Click Save changes.
  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Click Change adapter settings in the left column of window.
  6. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties on pull-down menu.
  7. Repeat steps 5-8 for any other adapters (e.g., wireless network connection, etc.).
  8. Uncheck File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
  9. Click OK to close Properties window.

Disable Mac File and Print Sharing

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click the Sharing icon in the third row.
  3. You will see the Sharing window. Be sure File Sharing and Printer Sharing are unchecked in the list on the left.
  4. Close the window.


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