Enabling Stealth Mode - Pros/Cons?

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  1. Amie

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    A few questions:

    1. Is there any good reason to enable Stealth Mode?

    2. Why doesn't Apple have Stealth Mode set by default?

    3. Are there any drawbacks to enabling this feature?
     
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    For the benefit of others who might view this thread:
    So
    1.Yes, if you want to have that form of security on your OS X system. Your network connection is supposedly more secure if no one from outside easily knows that your connection exists.
    2. You should ask Apple about that, but not everyone needs to prevent others from pinging their computer. It would make it more difficult to troubleshoot certain types of network problems, I suppose.
    3. Are you asking if that interferes somehow with your internet connection? Sure - it prevents a response by your system if someone from outside pings your IP address.

    So, does that affect your internet performance (is that your real question, after all?)
    Maybe someone else has tested for any speed differences, and will chime in here...
    Bottom line for me - if you have a need for stealth mode, then turn it on....
     
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    1. To hide yourself from casual scanning users from finding your Mac on a network.

    2. Because most users want to share files on a network, especially in Active or Open Directories.

    3. You can hide from most casual users on the local network.


    Now when i get onto strange PUBLIC WiFi I use the simple NoobProof because it use the built-in command line ipfw and really hides my Intel Mac Book Pro from prying eyes. This ipfw has been refined for over thirty years so it is really robust.
     
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    Hi, and thank you for the replies!

    Satcomer, may I ask you a few questions regarding what you said?

    Why would anyone want to find someone else's Mac on a network? What's the purpose of that?

    What are Active or Open Directories?

    Again, I don't understand this. You mean like "snooping"? If so, why snoop? Are you talking about like neighbors trying to get on my wi-fi for free?

    Sorry for all the questions. Not sure I understand.
     
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    To share files with that user. Think Airdrop, Bonjour, etc. in local sharing.


    They are server domain protocols in server software. Microsoft servers use Active Directory. OS X lion server (& 10.6 & 10.5) have Active Directory and Open Directory (an Open Source version of a directory).

    Most of the time Directories are in large company, college, armed services and are way overkill for the home network.


    Looking for computers(people)to break into on the network, over the internet . Think targets of opportunity.

    Sorry for all the questions. Not sure I understand.[/QUOTE]

    You understand networking if you ever sent a letter through snail mail. It is not as hard as you think! You just have to understand the terminology.

    The blog post Understanding Home Networking is a start.
     

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