Hide MacBook Pro when using Public Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by conamor, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. conamor macrumors 6502

    conamor

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    Good day!

    Is there any guide to use some privacy on a macbook pro via a software or some configuration when joining a public wifi? (coffee shops, library)

    We all know how easy is to get information on a machine, mac address, computer name, shares. If browsing the web they know your internet browser, your screen resolution, what OS, etc.

    Does anyone have some tips or some software recommendation to be use/done prior to join a public wifi?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Superspeed500 macrumors regular

    Superspeed500

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    Your IP, web browser, Os and more is often sent to a website when you browse it. Even on your home network.
     
  3. conamor thread starter macrumors 6502

    conamor

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    :) yes I know, using a vpn line would fix that, but the main question was if there was a way to hide the full name of the machine while being on a network.

    i.e.: my full name as my computer name would be visible to others on the "public wifi", instead of changing the computer name, are there any way to not broadcast it?

    Thanks so much!
     
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    Turn off any items in system preferences > sharing, and Turn on stealth mode
     
  5. conamor thread starter macrumors 6502

    conamor

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    I guess this is exactly what I needed! Thanks so much!
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    Plus use the firewall MurusFirewall when out and about!
     

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