MacBook doesnt ask for password to dwnld app...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by shawsinio, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. shawsinio macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi all,

    lots of q's coming from me at the moment i know, i apologise! up untill now every time i have downloaded an application, it has asked me to enter a password, i quite like this function. however, i have downloaded a couple of apps today when it hasnt asked for my password, can i turn it back on? the app i have just downloaded is skype, and no password was needed...

    thanks in advance for any replies,

    Dan
     
  2. mac4drew macrumors regular

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    Well... the usual behavior is that you're not asked for your password upon downloading an app, but when you actually install it. And it will only ask for a password if you're installing something for all users or something that somehow modifies the main Library instead of just your own. When you download an app, Safari will give you a warning of what it is but will not ask for a password.

    Long story short, not every install will ask you for a password, especially installs that are not screwing with important files.
     
  3. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    I think that's cause you have Safari set to open applications after downloading them. Some apps will ask for passwords to install, and others won't.

    OS X only asks you for a password when installing an application where the app/app's support files have to go into a directory that you don't have permissions to copy to by default.
     
  4. shawsinio thread starter macrumors regular

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