This is a bizarre situation-on my MacBook Pro (2017, High Sierra 10.13.5), when I opened a folder on the Finder, the Date Modified column for the files in a folder displays "Tomorrow at 2:34AM" and Date Created as "Today at 10:35PM" (see the image)--What could have caused this?enter image description here I am hoping this is not a sign of my laptop malfunctioning or having been hacked. Any insight is appreciated!


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I get that all the time when I download a file from Europe when the time zone differences are not corrected. Dates can be set far in the past and far in the future with simple commands like touch and the finder just reports the metadata / date stored in the files in question.

No real mystery or worry unless you are in some way trusting a file’s date for processing or record keeping. In that case, you’ll need to audit for the correct times and catch things that show up with non-sensical dates or dates off from the current time by some deviation you set.

  • Smart! Never would of thought of that. Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 15:24
  • Makes perfect sense! Even though the folder was sent locally, the files might have been created elsewhere in a different time zone. It happened once before and I thought it was a glitch, but the second time got me alarmed. Thanks for clearing it up!
    – YCode
    Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 15:25

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