Is it possible someone hacked my mac book??

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  1. hailandah macrumors newbie

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    I was chatting wit a friend of mine yesterday via skype at some point i sheared my screen with him to show him something and then he said to me that now he can access my mac and see what i do when ever he wants....
    He told me that he will send me history report to prove it....

    He hasn't any physical contact with my mac the only thing he send me was an image file so he hasn't install any suspicious program....

    Is there a way for him to do this or he is just BSing??

    Thanx
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If so, change your passwords, enable the firewall and turn off sharing and remote logins in the system preferences.
     
  3. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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  4. hailandah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys!!! so if do this theres no way of him spying on me???
     
  5. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    If you let him install something when you shared.
     
  6. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    How does the firewall work. What are the down sides? As it's not configured to ON when new, shouldn't it be on all the time when you're online or is that just a windows thing? Isn't it safer to just turn on or is there more to it than that
     
  7. Rowf macrumors regular

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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/8154.html

    If you are using a router and it's set up correctly you should already having a firewall running via the router.
    The firewall on your mac will give you an extra layer of protection if it is enabled.

    Mine is permanently on and set to block all incoming connections with the stealth box ticked.
    The advanced tab gives options to allow applications to access the firewall as needed.

    You can test your firewall here using Shields Up

    http://www.grc.com/intro.htm

    and take a read through the site if you fancy a burst of paranoia :)
     
  8. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    As far as I recall, screen sharing in Skype only gives him the ability to see your screen for the duration of the time you were sharing. Once you disconnect, he has no access (and indeed, had no access to take control). I think he's just trying to wind you up.
     
  9. chown33, Jun 25, 2011
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    chown33 macrumors 604

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    Ask for the proof. If there's something in it you don't understand, you could post a sample here. If it looks like BS, we'd tell you.


    There is a vulnerability in some versions of Skype for Mac.

    Google search terms: skype vulnerability mac

    http://blogs.skype.com/security/2011/05/security_vulnerability_in_mac.html
     
  10. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    Thank you!!! For what reason would I ever need the firewall turned off!?
     

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