How To Turn Off 'Authentication' When Un/Installing Apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Saunderzs, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Saunderzs macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    Hi there. A few months ago, when I first got my first Mac, I read an online article detailing 'security' tips/tricks for keeping your Mac safe from outside influences. One of the tips recommended to make a separate 'Admin' account, and then a 'User' account, and to only use your Mac on the User account. Fine. However, one of the other tips recommended a setting that makes the OS ask for 'authentication' (the admin name and password) whenever installing or uninstalling a program. This was fine for awhile, but I'm finding it very annoying now. I totally forget how I activated this setting though, so I forget how to turn it off, and I also forget which article it was and I can't find the answer.

    I know the admin name and password, so that isn't the problem. The problem is that I find having to authenticate every time I want to install or uninstall a program to be quite annoying so I'd like to turn it off now. Anyone know how to do this?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Not sure, as I'm OK with entering my user name and password all the time, but you might be able to change the permissions on the Applications folder. From Finder go to the Application folder and do a Get Info on the folder. At the bottom of the window for the Sharing and Permissions section and add your Standard Account to the list with read and write privileges. There'll be a lock at the bottom right that you have to click on and enter your admin account info before you can add yourself (which is done with the + button).

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