How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

  • Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the internet using public wi-fi - I can expect an attacker to be able to attack my computer almost as easily.

    Is this true? Or does it do more than that? If so - what?

    The question you need to ask is, "what does this setting protect against?" Does it protect? Yes, it does. Are you fully protected against all threats? No, of course not. No setting does that.

    You're right. That's actually what I was trying to ask. Edited now. In fact - I was trying to find out what exactly _does_ this setting do under the hood but have come up empty handed so far.

  • thedrs

    thedrs Correct answer

    7 years ago

    This setting turns off browsing answers.

    Browsing is a protocol on windows networks where one computer send a broadcast to a local network "who else is there ?" and other computers answer.

    Think about opening the 'Network' or 'Network Neighborhood' icon. That is what it does. It sends that broadcast and shows computers that are "discoverable". If your discover is off, you won't appear on their list.

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