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Im using a Telus and a telus wireless router. Since I gave the password to the new tenants so they can use there laptop I get this message anytime I try to shutdown the computer....

Other people are logged on to this computer. Shuting down might cause them to lose data. ARe you sure you want to continue.

My sis computer also uses this router and I never got this message untill I gave the tenants the pw.

Previous tenants have all had there own connection and paid for it themselves. These are the first we allowed to just connect to our router so they dont have to pay.

Should I have privacyt concerns? They cant get into my comp or my files or anything like that can they since were connected?
 

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You should be able to give them access to the INTERNET via your router but put a separate PW on your computer so they can't log into it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rolleyes:
 

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I'd re-think giving others (strangers) access your Internet connection. Anything they do on the net will point to your account.
 

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Your right. Thing is I dont wanna go to the tenants now and say "hey get your own account with telus I dont wanna give you free internet anymore". After ive already given it to them.

I called Telus and they said the password only gives them access to connect to the internet not anything on my computer.
 

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I'm sure Telus is thrilled that you are sharing a connection with your tenants. They no doubt will try to give you the best advice so that both of you have a trouble-free service with only one of you paying.
 

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@westcoastinc, giving your tenants access to your network gives them access to the internet and any other PCs attached to your network. To protect your PC you can turn off File and Printer Sharing on all your PCs (Control Panel/Network Connections).

I think both you and your tenants probably have the same default Windows Workgroup, so you automatically become part of the same network. If you want to keep local File Sharing on your PCs, you have to be more careful with your file sharing settings.

Telus is technically correct in saying that the wireless password doesn't give your tenants access to your computer, but it does give them access to your network. So it's up to you to ensure your network is secure regarding file sharing.
 

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The tenants PC may be infected and probing your PC (bad) or the PC may simply be seeking network shares (normal). If you have shared documents or folders then disable that functionality as Dr.Dave mentioned. I think by default there is a SHARED DOCUMENTS folder on the desktop.
 

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I just got off the phone with telus. They talked me through reseting the moden and going into the system summary and chaning my password. Under network settings I could see his name before as a user but now its gone.

thanks everyone for the help, i feel bad and now disconnecting there internet. I guess theyll just have to pay for there own.

what should i say when they ask what happened? I heard with telus you can connect just 4 other computers so I can say I got another laptop and thats why theres had to be cut off.
 

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westcoastinc, you could just tell them the truth - that you didn't realize that giving them the wireless password also gave them access to your personal computer network and that's a bad security practice.

The tenants may be smart enough to realize the 4 computer limit is bogus and that will just damage your credibility.
 

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Maybe I'm not thinking about this hard enough, but if you don't have any network shares defined, or you have *properly* defined shares to *specific users* in your own apartment, how would these people be able to access your "private" files? And further, I would think you are violating the TOS and AUP of your ISP by allowing your tenants to have said access. For what it's worth, I would ensure you also setup "MAC Filtering" on your router and only enter "MAC addresses" of your own hardware and anyone in your family. Change your router WiFi encryption key to a string of 63 random ASCII characters and save that string on a USB key somewhere should you need to add devices in the future.
 

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You can always tell them that account sharing is illegal and you don't wish to do anything illegal. Also, if Telus found out that you were account sharing - they obviously know now, they could shut you down.
 
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