Air Drop not working unless I lower my security settings?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kat.hayes, May 4, 2012.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    Oct 10, 2011
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    I was unable to get the prompt that comes up asking if I want to accept a file from someone else until I turned off "block all incoming connections" and turned off "stealth mode" under security in system preferences.

    1. Is this the way it is for everyone else?
    2. Is there some other way around having to lower my security to use air drop?

    Thanks.
     
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Jul 13, 2008
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    Block all means Air Drop.

    The "all" refers to most applications with the exception of certain system functions, eg Bonjour. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1810

    If you want to transfer files there are other ways to do it that might give you more control, but to move things from machine to machine you've gotta have port open somewhere. So in a sense using it does lower your security. If you're paranoid, use email to transfer files. You obviously have let down security enough to access the internet.

    Rob
     

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