Password Protecting Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cougarcat, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Hi guys,

    so I have reason to believe that Family member A's mail is being read by Family Member B. Family member A has Gmail set up in Mail, but does not believe that B has A's admin or Gmail passwords. B does, however, have root access to the computer. Can you think of how B is reading A's mail, and, if so, how to prevent it? Can't remove B's root access. Thanks.

    BTW, B created A's gmail account to begin with, but A said that the password was subsequently changed. Can you think of a way B might have set up the account to gain access??

    Thanks for your help. A bizarre question, I know.
     
  2. creon macrumors 6502

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    Secret Question.

    Answer it and the password will be mailed to a secondary account.
     
  3. Cougarcat thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thought of that, but it resets the password.

    Anyways, I think I figured out what happened. B fast-user switched. A's Mail got checked in the background. A freaked out when seeing that the last activity for the account displayed a time when A knew they were not on. Plausible, yes?

    A has a justification for freaking out, B has admitted to spying in the past.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe A and B should get separate machines. Or let C be the admin. If B truly has "root" access (which is likely only admin) then they would indeed easily be able to see A's emails.
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    That scenario definitely sounds plausible. Have A sign out when done with the computer and see if the problem persists?
     
  6. Cougarcat thread starter macrumors 604

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    No, B has root access. It's B's machine. Both of their regular accounts are admin.

    How would being root enable B to look at A's emails, and is there any way to prevent this?

    Edit: good idea, I'll pass that along. Thanks.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I think that using the FileVault feature to encrypt A's entire home folder should prevent B from being able to use Finder and go poking thru A's files (including the folders that have A's mail in them).
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Root has access to all files on the machine. Though, as suggested FileVault will protect against that. I've never come across a situation where someone really needed root access.
     

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