How do I know if my information is being shared?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Macoltrane, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Macoltrane macrumors member

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    OK for the record, yes I am new to Mac. Thanks in advance for your patience. I would like to know if all my information on the hard disk is being placed on the server. I'm connected via Ethernet to the university network/internet right now. When I double click Macintosh HD and then "Network" on the sidebar, then "Servers" I find my computer on there "Macoltranes-ibook-g4.local" and with that all my stuff.

    Is my info being shared and if so, how do I stop it?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    No - that's the network your Mac sees, not the one the world sees. You're safe.

    To be even safer, go to System Preferences...->Sharing and make sure your firewall is on and the Personal File Sharing, etc., options are off.
     
  3. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, jsw. I turned off the Personal File Sharing and turned on the Firewall. Are there any other steps I should take?
     
  4. Mydriasis macrumors 6502

    Mydriasis

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    Don't worry, your on a mac! ;)

    Even if you have Personal File Sharing turned on, it is still password protected.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    No, you're fine - and, as mentioned above, your drives would have been password protected anyway.

    Just keep in mind that your Firewall will, by default, block things you might not expect (you can add you own rules to it), so, if something doesn't work that you think should, try turning it off and if things work then, ask us how to write the rule to allow it with the firewall on. :)
     

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