Admin or Standard Users

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nagihcim1, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. nagihcim1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2009
    I got my first mac (mac mini) yesterday so sorry for the simple question. This will be a home computer so is there anything wrong with setting everyone up as an administrator?

    I'm used to using linux where everyone is a standard user so they aren't going around breaking things and trying to recompile the kernel and windows where limited users prevent the spread of viruses. Is there an advantage using standard users in a home setting on a mac?
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    personally, i'd keep your account as admin and make the others standard. Depends who else is using it though. Some people like to leave the admin account alone and log everybody in as standard so there's that option too.
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    I have both of my Mac computers setup with an admin account, plus two standard accounts for everday use, one for my wife and one for me.

    I use the admin account when I know I'm doing major software updates/upgrades, but really there's no distinct advantage to this. I can easily authenticate as an administrator even when using my standard account, as can my wife.

    I suppose it comes down to whether there are people you want to keep out -- give them standard accounts. As for yourself, so long as you know what you're doing, there's really very little difference between admin and standard. Most days it won't matter.
  4. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    i am using an admin account as well, because I m used to Linux and know how not to break my system. Though its recommended to use a standard account... :eek:

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