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Is it secure to host a minecraft server?I'm a bit nervous about the "Community Sharing" possibility that it's worthwhile to allow to set up a minecraft server. Is it safe? GAMING Will my laptop get viruses? Thanks!You shouldn't have to allow anything known as "Network Sharing" until it's one other identify for "Port Forwarding" on a crappy router.Operating servers of any type all the time carries some element of danger. However it is pretty small and usually protected. There haven't been any exploits that allow the official Minecraft server to run random code to put in a virus regionally. That is to not say one doesn't exist, but when there's no person is aware of about it.Mainly you just have to comply with a few guidelines:Don't run the server as administrator, or as any person with admin entryDo not run it as a consumer that has access to any paperwork or information you care aboutKeep good backups of all the pieces you care about (even when you're not operating a server!)Keep your OS, Java, and server up-to-date with the most recent safety patchesDo not give admin-stage access (OP, web admin access, and so on) to anyone you don't belief together with your personal info.Do not set up random plugins from unknown sources.If you follow these fundamental rules, you will be superb.From what I perceive you plan to host your server by yourself home network, this brings some points if your Minecraft server will probably be public. This as a result of until you mask your IP with a proxy there is a chance that you may be targeted for DoS or DDoS assaults.Probably slim likelihood of that.. watch out with the ports you open up and who you give admin access to.. like comply with the stuff /u/PhonicUK mentioned and you ought to be high quality. If you happen to by the slim likelihood have an enemy on the market that cares to hit you with DoS I am assured you do not have a static IP so only a reset of your router should provide you with a brand new IP from your ISP and downside solved.The server itself is secure to run (I've never heard of any safety holes in it), but depending on how you set up your network to let people access your server, you could possibly be giving them entry to issues that you simply didn't intend to.Say you run your server on your principal Laptop, which also shares your printer to your property network. GAMING If you open up your router so that folks can dial in to your important Laptop on any port, they'll be able to connect with your server, however they may be able to connect with your printer, and print stuff.So be sure you solely forward the ports it is advisable to, or that you've got passwords or different security measures protecting the providers you enable entry to from the Internet.As PhonicUK mentioned, I'm not sure there must be any "Network Sharing" possibility involved here. What tutorial are you following?Just some food for thought - there are some dirt low cost minecraft hosts on the market. After i first bought into this, I went with a $3/mo host with just a easy Spigot server w/ 1GB of ram. GAMING I felt it was nicely worth the cash when in comparison with leaving a pc up and operating at residence 24/7 and paying the electric invoice on that. Also my dwelling connection is limited to 12mbps add speeds and most hosts provide 100mbps add speeds (well, the 2 that I've used supplied that). Since then I've moved onto an 8GB setup on a VPS, as a result of once you get addicted you must feed that beast -- still, solely $15/mo that I am splitting 3 ways with 2 other players. I might a lot fairly deal with a server in the cloud than at dwelling, but I do know how one can set one up at dwelling if I have to.