My friend and I were talking about cable modem security, as both of us recently subscribed to @Home. Both of us also happen to have home networks so we wanted to be able to share file & printer resources between machines on our networks. After much discussion we came up with the following solution and wondered if this would work:

Disable the "File and Print Sharing" bindiing for the TCP/IP protocol in Windows 9x, but leave it enabled for IPX/SPX. This would deter hackers from getting in through the TCP/IP stack while still enabling sharing between machines.

Any thoughts or suggestions. Talking with the guys at work about this, some commented that mixing TCP/IP and IPX/SPX protocols will degrade performance; I can accept that since I still play some games that are IPX/SPX only.