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    I'm in a Hotel & McAfee popped up saying another device has connected to the laptop!

    I panicked & turned the laptop off at first but now I've switched it back on and McAfee is running a scan,should I do anything else now,such as run any other software to check it as I'm worried now ?

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    Your best bet is to turn your laptop on with the Wifi set to OFF, and let it do it's scan.

    Original Poster

    The scan has finished now & it hasn't found anything,I wondered if I should d/load something like spybot etc to check it.

    In what way did it say the device had 'connected'?
    Do you have any security on your laptop, eg user password?
    In addition to McAfee, you could download a trial of Malwarebytes AntiMalware and run it.

    Original Poster

    I'm not sure exactly what it said,just a box popped up saying another device has connected,I was worried the wi-fi wasn't very secure.

    It's not my laptop it's my OH's new one,it does have a password but I wouldn't say it's a strong one.

    I will d/load & run the malware thank you.

    Ar460rn

    In what way did it say the device had 'connected'?Do you have any … In what way did it say the device had 'connected'?Do you have any security on your laptop, eg user password?In addition to McAfee, you could download a trial of Malwarebytes AntiMalware and run it.



    Malwarebytes AntiMalware is free - there is another version (Premium) but you have to pay

    deb8z

    I'm not sure exactly what it said,just a box popped up saying another … I'm not sure exactly what it said,just a box popped up saying another device has connected,I was worried the wi-fi wasn't very secure.It's not my laptop it's my OH's new one,it does have a password but I wouldn't say it's a strong one.I will d/load & run the malware thank you.



    Your wifi connects to a wifi connection - so long as the wifi connection is safe (hotels own/major store) you should be fine - it's other types of wifi where you need to be sure the connection.

    Next time you see a message - make sure you read it without panicking!

    public wifi won't be secure. you would have to use it at risk. I would use mine if I knew there say nothing on there they could steal.

    You may find it was the router that was detected and that wad the "other device".

    If I was connecting to an unsecure wifi (no wep/wpa) I'd use vpn software before browsing or using email

    their Internet connected to your computer I hope it was only that

    Someone in the room next door with a Bluetooth enabled phone switched on perhaps.

    When all devices are connected to the same network, it is possible to connect to another device in the network by viewing the Network branch of the tree in Windows File Explorer. A connection to your computer will be made if network discovery is enabled and if it is not password protected. If you do not require network discovery, it can be disabled but if it is required, a password protected user account is required to force login to your device if it is accessed within the network.

    A very thorough explanation of network sharing and user accounts is available here

    Original Poster

    Thank you for the advice,although I'm still none the wiser
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