just installed Leopard, quick question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by JustOneQuickONe, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I just installed Leopard on my Macbook. I noticed that there are a bunch of other computers under the sidebar in finder that I can connect to through my apartments internet network. I was just wondering if Leopard automatically sets up my computer this way. What Do I have to have enabled/disabled/checked to make my sure my computer isn't viewable to others? I don't want it viewable, I don't even want them to know I'm on the internet as I don't see it's necessary, and I want to make sure they can't see my stuff. So what do I need to check?
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    They cant see your stuff, they can just see your shared folder, like you can see their shared folders, even on windows computers, its quite normal. If you were to drag a music track for example into your shared folder, you would be able to share it with those other computers, however they have no access to anything other than what you put in this shared folder.
  3. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    is there a way I can even turn the shared folder off, not that I have anything in there I'm just curious.
    Also why aren't my roommates who are connected to the same internet showing up?
  4. iNash macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2009
    Hanslope, UK
    This is to do with the ports that they are connecting to, I found this at work, we have one big building on the same network and if I take the laptop from one desk to another and plug in I see a different set of computers.

    Also on the shared folder, I don't think you can hide that unfortunately.
  5. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    Yes, you can.

    Open the 'sharing' preference pane in system preferences and disable file sharing.
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    As was already mentioned, just disable sharing system preferences and ensure the firewall is turned on, and you'll be all set. They won't be able to see you anymore.

    You may still see them, however, if they have file sharing turned on.

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