Do I have to use a Standard Account for Security?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Traverse, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors 603


    Mar 11, 2013

    I have often heard that it is safer to use a Standard Account for normal computing and keep an "Admin" account separate, but it bugged me to have two accounts.

    Once I began to use File Vault 2 I thought I could only sign into my Mac initially with the Admin account and would have to log out and switch over to the standard account every time I turned my computer on, which was never going to happen, but I just found out that I can sign in with my Standard account from the beginning if I give it permissions.

    So my question is...

    Do I really need to separate my accounts? What security measures are in place when I use my standard account vs the Admin if I can just use the Admin password when I need it (like I do now)?

    Also, are any changes made in a Standard account (such as files downloaded for school or software installed) carried over to the admin account or would I have to transfer that new content over if I ever decided to delete a standard account?

    Thank you so much! This forum is the best!
  2. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    On Mac OS X there is no gain to have two accounts in that fasion. Only on Windows 2000/XP and Vista/7 with UAE turned off.

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