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  1. bchbobo

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    So recently my cousin got a new LG phone, and apparently this phones has this "app" (shouldn't even be called that. this is a privacy invading tool) called SmartShare. For some reason, thanks to this app she can easily browse my LAPTOP's image gallery as long as we're connected to the same WiFi network, which I dont know about you all, but to to me is outrageous. She simply goes on her gallery and theres a folder with my Laptops name on it and the smartshare icon on the corner, and she taps it and theres all my personal stuff. Thankfully she let me know before someone else could manage to acces my should-be-private image folder.

    I really have no idea what to do right now, I tried modifying the shared data options on the control panel and turned them all off (which shouldn't even be necessary because I actually have a public folder with a few things on it, and my images folder is DEFINATELY not a public folder as far as I know) but its no use. She can still see all my images. I need help ASAP.
     

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    Android, LG, and SmartShare are NOT invading your privacy.

    You have some sort of DLNA media sharing set up on your laptop - and any DLNA client on your network will see the shared media.

    Her SmartShare is simply a compatible client.

    Any chance you set that up for a smart TV at some point?

    Anyway, I'm not a Windows guy so you'll have to look up how to turn that off, unless someone else here knows.

    But the problem is on your laptop.
     
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    If its a new laptop it has mirror image turned on . both devices are turned on so as they can see you someone is watching both of your images . I found this out from a Samsung tablet I just brought. Its a cool feature for someone that knows how to use it .
     
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    Is that a feature? Seems absurd that they'd set that as defualt. Anyhow, how do you turn it off?
     
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    Some of the new devices are turned on with it so if you Dont turn it off such as I didn't you will see many request or they just will have access. The option is for watching movies or mirror from a TV or computer that has it streaming.
     
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    What is the tablet your using .
     
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    Im not using a tablet, its a Laptop. Also, they can see all the pictures in my images folder, not videos.
     
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    What is your laptop name so we can turn off the free show of your important thing
     
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    Its a compaq pressario CQ45, but i dont think that really matters tho. I have windows 7.
     
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    Its media share and printer control on the WiFi section needs to be terminated

    Also make sure Bluetooth connection is disabled on laptop . when terminating these features you need to perform a reboot to your laptop or PC for terminated items to take place
     
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    Problems like this make me enjoy my Linux ever so more
     
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    Quesrltion what if your printer is wifi can you not just turn off the file sharing in windows?
     
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    I think that this is more than file sharing.

    Usually, file sharing is a straightforward proposal with login credentials required.

    DLNA is use-enabled rather than credentials-enabled. Anything on the network respecting the uPNP protocol is allowed (at least read) access, no credentials required. As I mentioned, this has been the foundation for home network picture sharing to smart TVs for at least 5 years.

    On Macs and Linux, and once upon a time on Windows, you had to explicitly install and configure the server.

    On the last Windows 7 pc I set up about 6 months ago, I inadvertently ended up in some sort of Microsoft media center - and it had it built-in and it switched it on quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. And all I was trying to do was view some images with something more convenient than Microsoft Paint. I never wanted it on, I got it trying to get the thing going to just look at images.

    I wish I could remember the name of the Microsoft media app and give better help but I'm practically certain that that's the culprit.

    I did a Google and got this -

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Getting-started-with-media-streaming

    Maybe it's in there - honestly I just can't remember.
     
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    I hear ya so this is a completely different monster. Kewl. Just what we need more monsters lol :)

    Well I can think of two quick options that doesn't require an operating system change. And still share what you wish. First and probably the most practical is to not give out your wifi instead set it up with a bssid. This way they can't even discover it. You'll have to manually set it up on your own devices which sux but a small price really. The second is just simply store all your personal data on an external drive and only plug it in when you want to do stuff with your personal data you don't want shared. down side to the later is that while its connected its going to be sharable.
     
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    Problem with that - DLNA is perfectly happy working peer to peer.

    No credentials means exactly that.

    The server has to be shut down for it to stop.
     
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    I was recently setting up a DLNA server on my computer intentionally and had to manage what files were shared.

    I did this by going to Windows Media Player and clicking on the Share tab at the top. It then gives you options to determine what files and folders are shared over the Windows 7 built in DLNA. I would check this to make sure your pictures folder and any other media you want private are set to not share.
     

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