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

    Sep 15, 2009
    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 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    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.
  3. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks. I didn't know that. Will do.

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