Network and Computer Security Section: VPNs

Browsing and Accessing Shared Services Within a Hamachi VPN

Once your Hamachi VPN client software is installed and configured as described in prior pages and you are managing or joining one or more private Hamachi networks, you can begin sharing information. If other computers within a VPN are sharing files or printers, you'll be able to use or access them as if they were in your own home (but of course, response will be slower because of Internet bandwidth limitations). It's possible to "browse" shared files and printers across the world using the very same local resource browsing tools (for example, Microsoft's "My Network Places" facility) that you use within your own home, because Hamachi makes remote VPN member computers look like they are attached to your own LAN. Hamachi even cuts directly through most hardware firewall devices (like NAT Routers) with no need to configure "DMZ" or "Port Forwarding" details.

All of this should give you pause as you consider the security ramifications: Hamachi is encrypting and protecting your information as it traverses the worldwide Internet, but it is DECRYPTING and UNPROTECTING that information within all of the computers that have joined your VPN! This means that you should NEVER invite any strangers into your VPN if you (or any other members) are sharing anything that you wouldn't want accessed.

Click on the thumbnail icons below to see brief, highly focused video clips illustrating the way you can share resources and services (like games) within a Hamachi VPN. Click on "NEXT" if you'd like to skip ahead to more advanced Hamachi troubleshooting concepts.