Guest account question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by InfiniteLoopy, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. InfiniteLoopy macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    On a Mac with El Capitan and FileVault enabled, is it possible to get access to the Safari history of the Guest account once the Mac has been restarted?

    I ask as it would be useful to find some info on a site that was looked at in the Guest account.

    I’m guessing that it’s not possible, that once the Mac reboots, all history/caches/cookies are gone...?

  2. techwarrior macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2009
    The built in Guest User account will always clear all data in the Guest User profile when the user logs out.

    You could always create a non-admin user called Guest Account. That account would keep all data after logout or reboot. But, then you would have to manually clean it app in-between users.
  3. InfiniteLoopy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010

    That’s what I thought.

    It was just to recover something looked at in the Guest account.

    Also, the Mac rebooted, and was Safari-only. Is that the same as the Guest account (meaning, it can’t be recovered either)?
  4. InfiniteLoopy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    Was wondering whether anyone could answer my last question? :cool:
  5. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

    Shadow Jolteon

    Feb 1, 2018
    United States
    The guest option that reboots you into a Safari-only mode works pretty much the same as a normal guest account. If you have FileVault and the guest account enabled, then choosing the guest account on the FileVault login will reboot your computer to that mode, and all data will be cleared when you log out/restart.
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    And, a restart is not even needed. Logging out is enough to reset any changes made in the guest account.
    If you want data to ba saved, and that is important to you, then disable the guest account, and set up a user account, which could be a standard account, very much the same as Guest user, except files and browser history would be saved. That might be a better choice for you.
  7. InfiniteLoopy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
  8. 960design, Apr 2, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018

    960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Recovering stuff is a different question.

    Step 1: Turn off Guest Account. (just a safety thing, little to do with file recovery)

    You can recover files with something like foremost. Just recovered a bunch of files this morning from a "hacker's" wiped computer:

    Two favorite things, early in the morning
    1. Smell of napalm
    2. Smug changing to fear

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