good computing habits - admin accounts

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by odej98, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. odej98 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I bought my first mac on Friday. Being a windows user for so long, a person learns to develop certain habits while computing to stay safe online. One of these habits is never logging in as an admin on a pc unless it is absolutely necessary. Is this the same for a mac? I would imagine this would apply to any system, but with MAC's I wonder that if the odds of something malicious happening negates much concern for safe computing.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    It's always a good idea, but some people will tell you to not bother since you have to enter your admin password to make changes anyway.
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    A good habit on the PC is a good habit on the Mac side in this case.

    Having said that, many things you need to worry on the PC side curently do not exist on the Mac OS side.
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Like Viruses, there are NO viruses for Mac, so dont bother with a virus scanner etc.

    Mac OS X (Leopard) is Unix based and for lots of reasons there isnt really a need to have a seperate admin account, but i guess if it makes you feel happier it cant hurt.
  5. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    It isn't as necessary on Macs as it is on PCs, it won't hurt, but it is just a small added measure when it comes to Macs. You don't really need to do it, but doing it won't hurt.

    And like another user said, it will basically just ask you for your admin password when any changes need to be made. I didn't bother making a second account to have an admin account, and I still feel safe. But if doing this makes you feel safer, then go ahead, it won't hurt.
  6. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    As long as you are careful and conscious while providing authorization to Mac OS regarding other apps that want to do weird stuff..... you should be fine!

    Other than that... Little Snitch is something I'll highly recommend if you're paranoid! Wish they made something like this for Windows...
  7. odej98 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I don't really consider myself paranoid, I am just amused when a buddy of mine handed over his Dell laptop to me to get rid of "whatever was on there". After booting into safe mode and running a virus scanner, I found 17 "somethings" on it. I had been using standard/limited accounts on my pc for years and had nothing infect my system (credit goes to firewalls as well) and using a non admin account wasn't an option for him. He paid the price of a complete reinstall.

    Either way, I am impressed with Mac. So far, within 10 hours of actual working with it, I got my wireless, parrallels (Vista), and sharing working flawlessly on my mac with no previous knowledge of how the OS works. In terms of MS/PC's this is a daunting task and would take a newb a lot longer.
  8. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Frankly neither am I... but being in constant contact with a PC and having to manage it... I have come to appreciate the value of 'preventive measures'... lol... I have Little snitch and I think you should really give it a try... there's a trial available..
  9. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    My main system that i use two daily has two accounts, one as the main Admin account and one has a my standard user account.

    Im not afraid of viruses or anything like that...but if a program gets corrupted, or something happens to a preference file, i can just recreate my standard user account and go from tehre, however if i it happened to my admin account, itd be trickier, whilst you can create a brand new admin account / me its just easier with having that extra level security....

    they both use passwords but cant make immediate changes without having the admin name an dpassword so it helps in case there ever were to be a problem.

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