Question: Security in a wireless connection?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by arular7, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. arular7 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi everyone :)

    Latelly I've been using my schools wireless connection, and when I have AirPort on, I noticed that on Share tab, on Finder, I can see anothers PC's and Macs that are using the same wireless… I tried to enter on another mac and I saw some folders and documents, I was logged as a guest!

    So the question here is: when I'm using AirPort, with the osx firewall, can somebody see my folders like I saw the other?

    Its really annoying, since I'm using a protected network this shouldn't happening! :mad:

    Thanks in advance ;)
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    USA
    #2
    It all depends on your settings. My recommendation, setup a separate location in your Network settings for a school specific one that you can switch to. Also check on things in your Sharing section and make sure things aren't checked when on a public wireless. I also tend to encrypt all my web traffic through a SSH tunnel, but that's me. In addition to the firewall you can use stealth mode, which gives you a small amount of extra protection.
     
  3. arular7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    A protected network is like a castle. The high walls protect outside intruders from coming in.

    But on the inside its up to the individual to lock their own house door. ;)
     

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