OK - help me with this question from my Dad - user account names

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TraceyS/FL, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    When we set up his MacPro (he's a switcher) - he put my mom as the user, first & last name - but did her short name as her nickname.

    Now they can't create an account with that nickname.

    Their concern is that having her first & last name as the Admin account - and if she goes online, that anyone on the net can see that name. Hence, she wants her account to be her nickname.

    I told him only if he lets Little Snitch send it....

    But seriously, i've never THOUGHT about it, because I assumed that the outside world can't see my user account name. So the question is striking me as weird....

    So help please!!!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The names of user accounts are not broadcast in any way. (AFIAK)
     
  3. TraceyS/FL thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That is what i would expect - which is why i never considered it..... and kinda sat here drawing a blank when he asked.
     

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