Limit file access between accounts?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SilentEcho13, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. SilentEcho13 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I'm the administrator of my computer, but I want to create an account similar to the guest account, one which does not have access to my own home folder, files, etc. Unlike the guest account, I don't want all the files and preferences to be deleted upon logging out.

    Pretty much a separate account, completely unrelated to the administrator account.

    Is this possible?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Absolutely it is. Mac OS X defaults to having things outside your main user's Public folder (and folders you create at the user folder level, unless you manually change the permissions) inaccessible to other users.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yeah, just go to System Preferences > Accounts, unlock it to make changes, and click the + under the list of accounts on your system.
  4. SilentEcho13 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I created a new account using the "standard" setting, but that account was still able to access some of my files such as the desktop, and an external hard drive that I'd like to keep off limits from the account.

    The guest account could never access any of these files before.

    Any ideas?
  5. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    This is not the case.

    If you want to limit access to others on the same machine use 'Get Info' in Finder and make the appropriate changes to the 'Sharing and Permissions' section. You can make changes to all enclosed items using the gear pulldown.

    I'd suggest experimenting on some files and folders to make sure the effect is what you want.

  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    AFAIK, unless someone has changed the permissions on your desktop folder, even another Administrator account shouldn't have access to it.

    I just created another Administrator account, and when I logged on with it and tried to view my normal account's home folder, I could see that there's a desktop folder, but I had no access to view what was on it.

    You'll need to right-click on your Desktop folder (logged on as you), Get Info, and check the Sharing & Permissions area at the bottom. Mine says that I have Read and Write, and Everyone has No Access.

    If yours is set differently, try setting it to that and see how it goes. Same idea for your external drive.

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