Finder displays (4) Mac Mini on sidebar

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hleewell, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. hleewell macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009

    Some info on my Mac Mini: It is the Server Edition which I reconfigured to 2 separate HDDs, totaling in 1GB space. Instead of Server OS I installed the standard OS. It's been updated to the latest Lion version.

    As you can see from the screenshot, the Mac Mini icon on the sidebar is showing (4) for some time. I thought it is just a glitch. It shows (2) before then (3), and now...

    I am not worried if it is a glitch since it doesn't affect the performance of the Mac. But I have been hearing how Macs are being hacked with Keyloggers software and, my fear, Remote Viewing. I know my iMac G5 which I have sold was hacked by my buddy/enemy before. How do you know your Mac is not "remote viewed" by some hackers?

    Sorry, not an IT expert...
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    It's likely OS X thinks there's another Mac of the same name on the network, so it automatically changes the name.
  3. hleewell thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    I only have a MacBook and it is names MacBook XXXXWhat appears on the sidebar are duplicates..

    Are there virtual Macs hacking into my WiFi network spying on me?

    Would a fresh re-install help?
  4. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    No, no one is spying on you. Just go into Sharing and change the name.
    Might have been when the Mini got a new IP or something similar.
  5. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    A glitch in some versions of OSX that after a machine comes out of sleep it sees itself on the network so renames to prevent a conflict. I had it for a while but appears OK with 10.8.2. Very annoying!

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