How can you hide a share?

You’d like to create a share on your computer, but you don’t want to publicly advertise the availability of the share. How can you create a hidden share?

A) Add a dollar sign ($) to the end of the share name

B) Add a pound sign (#) to the end of the share name

C) Add an exclamation mark (!) to the end of the share name

D) There’s no practical way to hide a share

E) Paint the share green and brown and place it in a wooded area

The answer: A) Add a dollar sign ($) to the end of the share name

Hiding a share name is a simple way to hide a share from others on the network. This is most often used to simplify management of a group of shares or to create a set of standard shares that don’t need to be advertised to others. This does not limit access to the share, so hiding a share shouldn’t be used as a security feature. The share is just as available as any other share, so you should always remember to apply security access controls to a hidden share.

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