Guest User Safari Only Mode for Guests

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Satnam1989, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

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    Hey guys when I first got my macbook pro 2 months ago I noticed there was a Safari Only Guest Account/mode.....I only logged into it once....But I was wondering if there is a way to enable it again because I happened to disable it some how and now when I enable my guest account it actually loads up the whole guest account with applications, I have set parental control as well to block access to things I don't want them to.

    Mainly I jus want to enable guest Safari only mode so that when I'm Home as my MBP is always on in the Lock Screen when I'm away from it and anyone looking for quick internet access can do just that. Another thing I tried was unchecking "Disable Restarting to Safari" in Security & Privacy but it asks to restart the computer....Any help to setting up this or similar setup so that I can have my guests only use Safari and nothing else would be great:)

    At the end of the day what I'm trying to do is enable Guest Access to Safari Only while having my account and applications running in my main account so that I can get back to them/continue my work.

    THanks in advance
     
  2. macdudesir macrumors 6502

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    I believe "Safari only mode" can only be accessed from the recovery partition. That requires rebooting and changing partitions. Guest's can do quite a bit more damage in the recovery partition then in the guest account.
     
  3. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    This is an OS question, not an MBP question, however, I just made a regular account for guests, and if they screw it up, I nuke it, and make a new one. All my friends know the password to that one. It's also set to erase all private data when quitting Firefox, so it's fairly secure from one guest to the next.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You cannot do both as they are two different things. The guest account is just that and users can be allowed to use that account and all its settings are deleted at logout. Restart to Safari is an actual reboot of the system and it runs Safari off the recovery partition. Obviously this second option does not leave your account running like you want. I have not tried it, but can you enable Parental Controls on the Guest account to add some restrictions.

    You are partly right. It does reboot into Safari from the recovery partition but nothing else from the recovery partition like Disk Util etc can be accessed, so it is safe to use this way.
     
  5. macdudesir, Dec 27, 2011
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    macdudesir macrumors 6502

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    I could be reading your post wrong, but i just booted in to my recovery partition on my macbook air and got in to safari mode...but all i had to do was hit CMD+Q and it went back to the screen with Restore from TM, Safari Mode, disk utility, reinstall lion. Im sure i could have just hit the x in the safari window as well to get back to those options...so if i can just CMD+Q out of safari and access disk utility, it doesn't seem very safe...correct me if i'm wrong
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You are booting from the recovery partition. That is not the same thing as "Safari only mode" which although it uses Safari on the recovery partition, it does not allow access to the other tools on the recovery partition.
     
  7. macdudesir macrumors 6502

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    How would you get to "Safari Only Mode"?
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    See this.
     

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