How to Block Internet Access on My Laptop

by Risa Edwards

The mobility of laptops allows people to take advantage of free wireless Internet networks that are now available in many public locations. While convenient, these public networks can also be dangerous. Wireless networks are easy to hack into and are a major source of identity theft. You can still work on projects or reports without having an active link to the Internet.

Remove any network cables or removable wireless cards to prevent the computer from accessing any available networks.

If you have built-in wireless access, click on the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click on "Network and Internet." Select the "Network and Sharing" option.

Disconnect from any available networks. Turn off "Network Discovery" to prevent the laptop from detecting available wireless connections.

Click on "Manage Network Connections" on the left of the screen. Select any networks that are displayed and click on "Disable This Network Device."

Click on "Manage Wireless Connections" on the left side of the screen. Select the available networks and click to remove them. This removes the connection from your computer.

Warning

  • close Removing a wireless connection permanently removes the access unless it is reinstalled. The other options are temporary and can be reactivated at any time.

About the Author

Risa Edwards is a librarian who works for a small private university. She has a degree in geology and library science, but is interested in topics from across many disciplines. Edwards enjoys using her research skills to help others as well as continuing to broaden her own knowledge.