Mail question...How to restrict access to Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by deltanove, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. deltanove macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    This is my first tread ever.
    Is there a way to limit acce to Mail? I mean hate it that everyone in the house can just click on Mail and read all my personal emails.
    Or that when they click on email address on websites Mail just starts itself open.

    Is there a way to give Mail a password to open, If not how can I uninstall it?

    Thank you very much for any help and have a great day
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Log out of your account and use fast user switching so whoever else uses your machine won't be able to use it.
  3. dknightd macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2004
    every user should have their own account. set security to not allow auto login, and password to unlock screen.
  4. deltanove thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    Thank you both guys.
    This is my computer but also in use with my wife and kid. The user accounts option would be the best although a bit awkward.
    Is there any setting in the Mail preferences that would disable it from opening without a password?

    Thank you again

  5. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    No, there isn't; that is the whole point behind user accounts. How would multiple accounts be awkward anyway? All you do is just select log out, hit Command-Shift-Q or just set the computer to automatically log out after <n> minutes of inactivity.
  6. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    There is no setting for that. The only way is to either not use the Mail app and if you use Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. access it from the website.

    If you're that concerned about it, you have to create separate user accounts. What is more awkward to you? Your wife and kid reading your email or having to login to their own account? You're probably worried that if you create separate accounts, your wife is going to wonder if you're hiding something... and in that case, you probably are.
  7. deltanove thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    there are million things that people would like to hide and they are not necessarily bad. also alway good to maintain certain little space for ourself.
    either way I guess I'll go for the non using mail option, btw I do not use mail anyhow and that is my whole point.
    I guess I synced it to my account somehow but I never meant to do that.



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