Shared tab in Folders shows lots of other pc 'names'..

paulsenglish

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May 15, 2010
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One of my MacBooks shows a 'Shared' tabe in Finder which contains the 'names' of 10 or so other pc's.

They aren't connected, but does anyone know if these are dangerous things or harmless ?

Whether they are or not, I want to get rid of them as they aren't connected to the other user of the computer.

How can I do that ?

Looking forward to any helpful knowledge on this.

Thanks

Paul
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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It's not harmful and doesn't mean you're connected to them. It only means they appear on the network.
 

paulsenglish

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May 15, 2010
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Shared tab in Folders shows lots of other pc 'names'..

Thanks.

I'm happy to hear that, but how did they get there ?

I wonder if there is something in the settings that needs changing to restrict access in case I go somewhere where my MacBook could be open for others to take info.

Paul
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Thanks.

I'm happy to hear that, but how did they get there ?

I wonder if there is something in the settings that needs changing to restrict access in case I go somewhere where my MacBook could be open for others to take info.

Paul
If you're on a network, your Mac automatically detects other devices that appear on that network. Just because your Mac detects them, doesn't mean you're connected to them. If you haven't specifically activated file sharing (System Preferences > Sharing) and authorized a computer on the network to access your computer, they can't access your system.
 

Xenophon

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Apr 8, 2010
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New Delhi, India
Not to worry, perfectly harmless if you deactivated sharing as was said above, at least provided they're not all connected to your home wireless router, in which case you might want to check its security settings ;)
 

Vader

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If it bothers you, you can go to the Finder preferences (⌘-, when in Finder), go to the sidebar tab, and uncheck Bonjour Computers in the Shared section.

Then you won't see them anymore.
 
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