Password for Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by spring, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. spring macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2007
    Bergen County, NJ
    I'm sorry if this is a stupid question (first Mac), but is there a way to require a password before opening the Mail application?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Yes. If you're running Leopard, go to the Parental Controls preference pane. You can restrict use of, which will make the system require an administrator's password to open it.

    If you just want to restrict getting (or sending) mail, tell Mail not to remember the password for the account.

    Note, by the way, that it may be easier to create a "restricted" account that doesn't have access to whatever programs you don't want getting used, then have whoever the restricted users are use only that account. Basically a "kid" account, or whatever, with limited access.

    You can then have a less restricted account for your own use so that you only need to log in once to get to your applications. Switching between accounts is quite easy using Fast User Switching (available under Login Options in the Accounts Preference Pane).

    If you're using 10.4, the parental controls are somewhat less full featured (I believe they're located in the Accounts pref pane, but I don't have a computer running 10.4 handy to check).

    The built-in help probably has explanations about all of this.

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