I don't want to set an admin account on my new rMBP.. please help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tm0000, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. tm0000 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I just got my new macbook pro and was wondering if its possible to not set an administrator account because I am the only user. It gets kind of annoying when I'm asked for a password so many times.

    I tried to look under system preferences and found an option that says "allow user to administer this computer".. but it's grayed out. Can anyone help me please?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    As there's only one account on your machine, that account will automatically have administrator privileges assigned to it.

    When are you being asked for the password?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There has to be at least one administrator account on your Mac. If you are the only user, yours is the admin account. You can elect not to have a password, but it's better for security if you have one.
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    You would never be able to update or install applications, without being an admin.
     
  5. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    The password to install/change certain things is a security requirement. I advise you to get use to such a feature. Also be sure to enable the firewall and encrypt the storage on your MBP
     
  6. Meister Suspended

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    Don't set a password or dedicate a non-admin account to your daily use.

    Problem solved ;)
     
  7. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you everyone! I understand, there has to be at least one admin. Sorry about the dumb question!

    Where can I choose not to have a password? Also, how do I encrypt the storage on my macbook, as a previous poster suggested?

    Thanks!
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    System Preferences > Users & Groups > Your username > Password > Change Password
    (Although I highly recommend you keep a password, even a simple one, for security purposes)
    OS X Mavericks: Encrypt the information on your disk with FileVault
     
  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    If you don't have a password, encryption will be of limited practical utility. In fact, I think encryption through filevault will require you to make a password.
     

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