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November 12, 2007 11:53 AM Subscribe
Why does my Mac appear to have other people's computer names at the command line? What's up here?
posted by Happy Dave to computers & internet (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a 10 month old Macbook, running Tiger.
I share a web connection with a bunch of people that live in my building. The system is administered by our resident geek, and we have wireless routers throughout, all hooked up to a big 12mb pipe. It's cheap and way fast, so, score. Also, I know most of the other people in the building, and they're cool, so I have no real worries about someone accessing my computer over the air.
However, a few times in the recent past, I've booted up the terminal and seen something weird. When I got this mac, I created a top level account that I called 'Administrator'. Some of the time, when I start Terminal, it says:
'Dave' being the everyday account that I'm in most of the time. However, sometimes when I open terminal, the command prompt has changed to the name of one of my neighbour's computers (I know this because I can see their computer names in the Network folder in Finder).
For example, there is a computer on the network called 'benlaptop', and once or twice when I've logged in, my command prompt looked like:
At the moment it looks like:
What in the heck is going on here? Is my computer somehow compromised? I've got Firewall turned on.