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jaeb0922
Jul 15, 2012, 02:35 PM
I own an iMac and my family uses my computer all the time. Its kind of the family computer but also my work PC. My apple ID is hooked up to it and of course messages. I actually love the new feature of the app but would like to password protect it. I dont really like my children seeing every text message I get in life!

Is there an app or way to password protect an app or better yet, messages?:confused:



GGJstudios
Jul 15, 2012, 02:37 PM
I own an iMac and my family uses my computer all the time. Its kind of the family computer but also my work PC. My apple ID is hooked up to it and of course messages. I actually love the new feature of the app but would like to password protect it. I dont really like my children seeing every text message I get in life!

Is there an app or way to password protect an app or better yet, messages?:confused:

Set up a separate user account for each user. Then they will only see things related to their own account.

Mac OS X: Setting Up User Accounts (http://support.apple.com/kb/VI32)
Mac OS X v10.5 or later: How to share a Mac with other people (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2542)

jaeb0922
Jul 15, 2012, 02:57 PM
Set up a separate user account for each user. Then they will only see things related to their own account.

Mac OS X: Setting Up User Accounts (http://support.apple.com/kb/VI32)
Mac OS X v10.5 or later: How to share a Mac with other people (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2542)

yea, that seems to be the only way huh?

GGJstudios
Jul 15, 2012, 03:07 PM
yea, that seems to be the only way huh?
Yep. You can't password-protect apps.

iThinkergoiMac
Jul 15, 2012, 03:54 PM
yea, that seems to be the only way huh?

Yup. With fast user switching, you don't even have to log other people out to get to your account.

SimonTheSoundMa
Jul 15, 2012, 04:25 PM
Best to set your children's account as a normal user not an administrator too. This will prevent them from installing anything nasty or deleting important system files.

You might also want to set up some parental controls.

Wickedkitten
Jul 15, 2012, 04:27 PM
I own an iMac and my family uses my computer all the time. Its kind of the family computer but also my work PC. My apple ID is hooked up to it and of course messages. I actually love the new feature of the app but would like to password protect it. I dont really like my children seeing every text message I get in life!

Is there an app or way to password protect an app or better yet, messages?:confused:

http://knewsense.com/macappblocker/