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When I log in to a VPN via my Windows 7 system. I can then access the files on that remote server. However, can others also access the files in my computer while I am logged in?

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It depends, whoever set up the vpn can set up things like that. Is it a possibility, yes. Is it 100% for sure, no.

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how do I figure out if that is indeed the case? is there a way to find out from my side? –  kamikaze_pilot Aug 29 '11 at 16:08
    
Ask someone on the network you are connecting to to try and access your share. –  Scott Chamberlain Aug 29 '11 at 16:09
    
If you are using windows 7 you can set the VPN as a "Public" connection that will have stricter firewall rules and you can have the Public profile block incoming windows share requests. (it is likely off by default anyway) –  Scott Chamberlain Aug 29 '11 at 16:10
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The simple answer is yes. VPN is a network. When you connect to a VPN, it's as if you were physically connected to the network. Like the network your computer is connected to at work, admins or users with the correct privilege can remote into systems or view files on systems on the network.

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