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This week, I will have family members staying in my home for a few days. It will be very difficult because we are on opposite sides of anything important. I have hidden, locked up things that are controversial, things that they do not know about and would not approve and may even do something to have them taken away from me if they knew I had them. You know what I mean as we live in one of those states. I do not trust them, for good reasons.

I intend to disable my desktop by removing the CPU and if asked about it, will say it is in the shop for repair. Much easier than refusing to let anybody use it.

The question is this: I have fiber optic internet, wifi. If they use the wifi, can they do anything that will come back to haunt me later? Implant spyware or ??? that, when I reconnect the desktop, will infect or spy on me? After they leave, I will change the passwords on everything, of course.
 

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So sorry you have to deal with stuff like this. There are a few members that should be able to help. I am not good at stuff like this. If you have a gardening or food preservation question I can help with that.

Good luck!
 

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Firstly, if you have a legitimate fear that they have a desire to affect you with such efforts, why on earth are you allowing them to stay with you? That's like "sleeping with the enemy" territory.
I'd be recommending nice hotels in the area instead.
But it's family... so I digress.

If your router is properly secured with a password and behind a locked door, there is nothing they can do to it that will later affect your PC when it is reconnected. If it's a branded router, like a Linksys, D-Link, or the like, make sure it's not using the company's default admin password. If it's a router supplied by your ISP, it's likely already set to something difficult, but the default is normally printed on the router itself. This is separate from the Wifi password. If they will have physical access to the router, change the default admin password so that it does not match the one provided on the device.

Unless you are technically inclined, I would not recommend "removing the CPU", as this exposes that fragile processor chip to the outside world and all risks that entails. Reinstallation can be a pain if you aren't prepared and know what you're doing.
I hope you actually mean that you are simply going to remove the desktop unit, as a whole, from it's normal location and nobody will be able to access it. That's fine.
I'm probably being pedantic about this point. Forgive me.
 

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Just explain to them that " Due to the current administration's policy of monitoring and censoring Internet communications, All internet comms from this location are restricted to imediate members of the household" PERIOD
 

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I understand your concern. My nephew came over and while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner, he availed himself of my computer. He visited about a hundred pornsites and picked up about 10 different virus for me. Use the password option to open the computer. And don't use 1-2-3-4!
 

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"I don't trust them, for good reason". Seriously your letting anybody in you home let alone your property and you don't trust them??? Plus your wasting time hiding things so they don't see them..

That has to be the stupidest thing I've seen or heard in a long time. It's an easy fix the party or person stays OUT. Why would you allow such a thing to happen. Please don't give me the ole wifey excuse.
 

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There is a way to query the router for it's own password.
You can query your own computer for a password previously used to connect to a network, but there is no way I know of to get a router you've never connected to before to spit out its wifi password.
Can you link to a resource describing this method? If you don't want it made publicly accessible, a PM is fine. This would be a glaring blind spot in my current security, if it's possible.
 

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I understand your concern. My nephew came over and while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner, he availed himself of my computer. He visited about a hundred pornsites and picked up about 10 different virus for me. Use the password option to open the computer. And don't use 1-2-3-4!
THIS ^^^^ !!! Same potential situation here.

"I don't trust them, for good reason". Seriously your letting anybody in you home let alone your property and you don't trust them??? Plus your wasting time hiding things so they don't see them..

That has to be the stupidest thing I've seen or heard in a long time. It's an easy fix the party or person stays OUT. Why would you allow such a thing to happen. Please don't give me the ole wifey excuse.
Amen! FYI, I have no wifey, lol. I am the surviving wifey, though. Taught all of my life to be nice to everybody. THAT has come back to bite me more than a few times. Sigh.

This "visit" is in regard to my Mother's estate. That says it all.
 
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