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Is my PC less secure, by enabling XP Firewall - File and Printer Sharing exception?

Is my PC less secure, by enabling XP Firewall - File and Printer Sharing exception?

I have 2 XP machines sitting behind a router (and it's firewall). I want to share files between them. I've shared C:\ but found the XP firewall was blocking access. I enabled the File and Printer Sharing exception in the firewall and I can access my files.

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Guest [Entry]

"Yes, technicaly it would be ""less secure"" because you have opened up one more service on windows. This is another entry point for a security breach as you have allowed file sharing.

I would not worry about this though if you are behind a router with a firewall on a home connection. File sharing is a very common use of your personal network. The chances of something happening are not impossible, but are most likely not going to happen with your current setup."