Password protected login, but anybody can access my files?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by kramerica2, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. kramerica2 macrumors regular

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    Sep 15, 2009
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    In order to login to my mac you have to enter the user's password. I figured that it means that my files (at least those in the user's folder) are only accessible for that user.
    Apparently I was dead wrong. Booting the mac on recovery mode grants me access via terminal to any file, including those on the user's folder.
    Is that a bug or a feature?
    Is there any way around it? I don't want any random person to be able to access my files so easy.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    If you want the files on your computer to be secure, you must encrypt the drive. Apple includes FileVault with OS X which will accomplish that, and the document linked below will provide details on setting it up.
    https://support.apple.com/HT204837
     
  3. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I didn't know that. Will do.
     

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