I'm a beginner when it comes to programming or servers. I installed Python (programming language) as well as Jupyter notebook as part of an online course project. After installation, I was simply following instructions and typed "jupyter notebook" in the command prompt.
The following text appeared in the command prompt:
> Writing notebook server cookie secret to (folder name) > Serving notebooks from local directory: (folder name) > ...
After this, my local folder contents appeared in a browser window. This seemed quite scary, as if everyone using the same application now had access to my hard drive.
Does anyone know if this is part of what the Jupyter notebook is supposed to do? And if it is not, why do they make it seem extremely suspicious? I mean come on, the application said "Serving notebooks from local directory" - even though I realize that a notebook is a Jupyter project type, it is still the most confusing output line I've ever read when running a computer program.