Admin account + standard account on clean install

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by tumas, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. tumas macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2014
    i am about to make my system a little more secure, but i am not 100% sure how to do this in a "clean way".
    Obviously it is recommended, not to use the admin account (first account) for daily use but to create a second standard account.
    So my question is, how would i do this?

    My plan was to create the admin account after a clean install and install all my applications. After that, i can create my second account for daily use.
    Unfortunately, all the configurations for mail/safari etc. will then be available for the admin account (because this account will be connected to icloud during the installation) and i have to manually add those configs to my second account.

    Any other/better way to do this?

    Thanks a lot,

  2. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    Been a while since I did a clean install, but can't you say "No" to setting up iCloud et al?

    And if not, setup your account, then create the admin account. Login to admin account, disable admin privileges for your regular account.
  3. mannyo1221 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Blandford, UK.
    As the previous poster, I would do everything you need to get up and running using your usual account with it configured as an admin account. Then create a new admin account, login to that account and make your normal user a standard account.
  4. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Excuse me. I will be new to Mac starting tomorrow.
    I will be the only user on a new imac retina.
    Is it customary to set up two user accounts for one person?
    What is the purpose of this?:confused:
  5. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Security, pure and simple.
    Admin account is necessary to maintain the system.
    A user account sans admin privledges for day to day operation is preferred by many as the most secure way to operate.
    Myself, like many other mac users run day to day from the default admin account, and have for many years without a problem.
    But who knows what tomorrow may bring?
  6. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ahhh I see.
    Thank you.

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