Found Someone Else's Desktop on my Administrator Account

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by michaeleric76, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. michaeleric76 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    Hi. I have a mac mini with Snow Leopard and I read that I should possibly set up a guest account and use that instead of my Admin account. I did this, and a couple of days ago I logged back into my admin account and someone else's desktop was there! I took a shot of a couple of screens. I have sharing turned off but also my Mac has been running very slow. I have Sophos and thought that was the best?

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  2. ahankinson macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Your Mac will automatically discover shared devices on your network and make them available to you in the sidebar, regardless of if you're sharing yourself. I assume that's what you mean by "someone else's desktop" being "there."

    As for running slow, open up Activity Viewer and see if there is something that's eating up a lot of your computer's resources.
  3. michaeleric76 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    Well. I don't think I have a network and I have never heard of Alan what's his name or seen this before. I may have been in public on a wireless network but why would I see all of this persons information on my desktop? I'm sorry. I'm not that knowledgable when it comes to computer networks.
  4. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    this has happened to me too. it occurs when your mac connects with an open wifi connection, like my neighbor's, and their mac is turned on too. They probably can also see your name too. make sure wifi is turned off, or see if you can change settings so it doesnt connect to the first open wifi it finds.

    the first time this happened to me, their mac was open to sharing too. I started listening to some of their music in itunes. I thought it was cool, until i realized they might be looking at my files too, so i turned everything off
  5. gdbleb macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    Are you on a college/university network?
    This is quite common for the many Bonjour shares to be visible on your Finder in that type of network environment.

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