New Macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by HighHeat14, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. HighHeat14 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    My wife and I just purchased a new Macbook this past weekend, and we love it. We already had an iMac, so there was no way we were not buying a Mac!

    Of course, the new Macbook booted right up and worked perfectly right out of the box. One thing we noticed though, it linked up with our iMac without either one of us telling it to! I could see the files on the iMac hard drive, and even the files that were on the CD that was in the iMac! This is very cool....but I don't understand how it does it without us telling it to. It kind of makes me wonder who else can access our files. Should I be concerned?

  2. baummer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
    You likely have sharing enabled on your iMac. Check your System Preferences. It's not unsual for Macs that are running Leopard to see one another easily.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you have sharing turned on, on your iMac and you're on the same network, then yes you will see.
  4. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    Sharing can be a useful tool when you're using a network where you know everyone (i.e. your home), but if you don't want people to be able to look at things elsewhere, just disable sharing.
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You not only have sharing turned on, but you likely chose the same login name and password on the new machine as the iMac, which means when you link to the iMac you're doing so as the owner, not as a guest. Therefore you have access to far more of the iMac than someone else on your home network would have.
  6. HighHeat14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    Thanks for the help everyone! I will check the sharing when I get home.

    CanadaRam - you raise a very interesting(and true) point. Of course, my wife assumes that they are both HERS and sets herself up for the login. I guess I lost those privaledges when I got married! I'm learning as I go :D
  7. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    EDIT: Should have refreshed the page before I started replying.
  8. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    +1. Having only one Mac (other machines run Windows), I did think about it this way.

    I feel sorry for you :( My wife is not a big fan or OS X, and will only use it when she is too lazy to power on her PC.


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