Originally Posted by FormerMacGuru
Nearly everyone will set up one admin account on the computer and use this.
What you are 'meant to do' is to set up an admin account, and as many standard accounts as you need.
Then, what you do is log in the standard account, and do all the set up under that account. If you are prompted for an Administrator username and password when, for example, installing software, then you only need to provide the Administrator username and password.
It will be rare to need to actually login using the administrator account.
The issue is basically that an admin account is one step away from root access at all times. Root access means being able to read/write any file on the computer, including system files. Install any software. Delete anything etc. A lot more power than you actually need for day to day computing.
Thanks for the response.
So maybe you can help me clear up some confusion in my mind? (This is maybe influenced from my many years as a Windows user...)
I tried to set up an "Admin" and a "Standard" account on my PC in the past, and here is what I recall...
I couldn't install or configure things in the "Standard" account, so I had to do it in the "Admin" account.
But then when I went into the "Standard" account, it was like I had to start all over. If I recall correctly, the apps that I installed as "Admin" were available to both accounts, but any preferences or customizations I did in one account would not show up in the other. (A lot of people would say "Good", but for me as the only user, that was a pain!)
It also seemed like I had to log into "Admin" to do the simplest things, and so it soon became a drag, and I went back to running under one "Admin" account for good - which, mind you, is pretty dangerous on Windows XP!!
Maybe if I explain how I actually use my Mac, it will help you to help me figure out the best strategy?
This new cMBP will be used to run a small business that I am starting, and do all of my development work.
Here is a list of the apps I use regularly...
- Text Edit
- Text Wrangler
- SnagIt for Mac
* Witopia Client (Personal VPN)
Where an asterisk denotes apps I can't live without!!!
It sounds like you are saying that I could create an "Admin" and a "Standard" account, and then log in under the "Standard" account and enter my "Admin Credentials" and I should be able to download, install, and configure nearly all of those apps from my "Standard" account??
I believe nearly all of those apps above would just be needed in my "Standard" account, but what about these apps that would be needed in both...
Also, this time around I plan on taking advantage of "File Vault 2", so how would that work when I have both an "Admin" and a "Standard" account??
* SnagIt for Mac
* WiTopia Client (Personal VPN)
I normally don't mind experimenting with things, but I feel like this is like laying the foundation for a house, and I just don't think that "tinkering" with that is a good idea, so that's why I'm asking for some help and advice from a pro!!!