I would have thought that basic security principles would mean that users can't see files in the home directory of other users. Many many years ago I worked on Novell servers and I seem to recall they worked in that way. Anyone able to give some insight? thanks
This depends on the file permissions on the user home directory. You can prevent other users from seeing your files by changing the folder or file permissions.
For example you can run this command to change permissions on your files
> chmod 700 filename
or this if you want your entire home directory.
> pwd /home/username > cd ../ > pwd /home > chmod 700 username
Your username is usually the same name as your home directory.
After you do this, only you and the root user will be able to view your files.
I hope this helps.