Is your username saved in files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by goombamd, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. goombamd macrumors member

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    Just wondering if your username is saved in files? Or if your PC's information is saved in files.

    For example, if I archive one of my CD's or DVD's, will there be identifying information within the file? like my pc name, username, mac address, etc?
     
  2. qCzar macrumors regular

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    What are you backing up; System files?

    If you're backing up music, photos or general documents there is no identifying information hidden on those discs. If those files contain personal information, someone can identify you from those files. Personal Information could include comments on music within iTunes, Geo-location and/or faces with iPhoto and names, phone numbers, e-mails within documents.

    However, if you burn System Folders for back up, there will be hidden folders and files that may contain revealing information. Regarding your MAC Address, that's hardware specific if I recall correctly. So, if you get a new airport card you'll get a new MAC Address to go with it, though I'm second guessing as I believe my XP partition does have a different MAC than OS X.
     
  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    Only if you backup system files as the previous poster mentioned.
     

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