Time Machine Security?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by madssakre, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. madssakre macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009
    I have a question concerning the security of multiple TM's on a networked iMac functioning as backup for a couple of Macs. I have a MB myself which has a TM backup on this network. It works fine and all. However, the other day I plugged in a new MBP for its initial installation. I wanted to replicate the Applications (only) from my MB to the new MBP. I type in the login credentials to my TM, but I am allowed to see 4 different drives having 4 TM backups. I choose the one that should be mine (a bit concerned why I could see the others) and install. To my big surprise the set of Applications on the new MBP is not same as on mine. A couple of Apps I do not use and have ever heard about appear on the new. I contact some other using the TM system and they use these apps.

    So, in short, where is the fault of our system? Why can I see multiple TM backups? How can I possibly choose backup of one that isn't mine?

    Having chosen only the Apps for the installations limits the damage (for now), but I feel unpleasant about someone potentially being able to back up my system onto their new computers if trying to...
  2. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    I'm afraid this is a limitation of the program. You can secure some of your files by using FileVault, but that only extends to files under your personal folder.
  3. 2n4 macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
    I am currently considering using TM with a Time Capsule. Am I correct in understanding that it is possible that someone outside my home could wirelessly access my Time Capsule and steal my files?
  4. madssakre, Nov 29, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 29, 2010

    madssakre thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009
    I think that would depend only on the security of the wireless network you're setting up. I wouldn't be afraid there.

    It is unbelievable to me if your are right about the limitation. But I guess you are right.

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