So my calculus teacher, who also teaches computer science, claims that a computer's entire filesystem can be downloaded wirelessly by anyone on the same network?
As a Ruby on Rails professional, networking/security dabbler, and science/technology enthusiast, I am almost positive he is an eccentric conspiracy-theorist/doomsday fan. Is there any truth to what he is saying?
So essentially what I have seen is that it is, as I suspected, practically impossible in the case of the standard computer user. Most computer users do not have server processes running, and even users who do like myself, are not at risk because of the vast measures of security given to me by the great creators of my computer (apple). It seems that a user would need to have a flagrant disregard for tampering with built in security subsets. Also the nature of the attack would need to be very personalized given cross-platform consistency. Thank you all for your input!