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  1. #1

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    Apr 17, 2013
    Question Mac Security
    I have a MacBook Air running OS X 10.8.3 and the Apple Genius tells me it has the
    tightest security settings, BUT, I use my Mac to do in-class presentations (PDF docs)
    and, after class, the prompt in the terminal window changes from Mackintosh-4 etc.
    to Justins-Ipad. Am I being hacked?

  2. #2

    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    Welcome to Mac-Forums.

    Just based on the name of the machine changing (ignoring how it's happening) you are not beng hacked or anything remotely like that..

    If you close the Terminal and re-open it, does the name revert back to what it should be?

    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

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    rabbitjetta's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 08, 2010
    Main-11" Air, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini 3, Hi-Fi Extras- Too many to count
    Your not being hacked. If your worried about a virus you can download clam xav. There is not a virus for OS X as of now though so it won't do much good.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Apr 17, 2013
    Thanks for the reassurance!

    Once the odd prompt appeared restarting the Mac or restarting the terminal
    window didn't make it go away. When I changed my Mac password,
    then it went away. BTW, my flash (hard) drive is fully encrypted.

    I have some pretty savvy students and I'm concerned that they can download
    my exam questions etc.

    Many thanks,

  5. #5

    chas_m's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    That does sound like one of your students -- named Justin -- worked out your old password.

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