On OS X 10.7 or newer (10.8, 10.9) simply drag'n'drop files between your desktop and remote desktop to transfer the files between computers

How can I disable this? I have made restricted account just for Screen Sharing, and I don't want remote user to be able to copy files from my machine without any serious effort.

  • When you say "I have restricted account just for Screen Sharing" do you mean you set up a separate account that you use for screen sharing only? And: are you aware that someone else controlling the session with screen sharing can copy files over the remote system anyway, even if not with drag&drop (since they are controlling the computer)? – Asmus Jun 24 '14 at 9:58
  • I've set up a restricted account (OS X call this "managed account"). This user can't run/install any app or access any site except those that I whitelisted for him. He can't copy files out of this system easily – Sergei Jun 24 '14 at 10:19
  • Well if you go through that much hassle anyway you might as well run your own VNC server or TeamViewer which allows more control. Seems like a curious use-case anyway ;-) – Asmus Jun 24 '14 at 10:23
  • This is not how SSharing works. But you can disable access to specific folders. – Ruskes Jun 24 '14 at 15:27

You can just remove Screen Sharing server's helper tools from here:


Quick check didn't show anything bad for the rest of server functions.

Please note that after an OS X update these helpers might be resurrected.

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