Purpose of running Admin and User account on system with single user?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by reubs, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I've noticed in different threads around here that some folks talk about having an admin acct while setting up a user account for person use. What's the advantage to doing that vs just using the admin account for everything?

    Since wife and I now use separate computers, I'm trying to do everything possible to keep this thing running as smoothly and efficiently as possible for as long as possible!

    Thanks for any info anyone can share about this.
  2. pdubak macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2009
    If your the only one using it the advantage would be for additional security from malware etc.

    Why do I use my admin account for everything? It's a pain in the ass having to type in that username whenever I want to install something. :D

    If friends want to use my laptop I just log them in on the guest account.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    It's all about security and how secure you desire to be. Some work places have rules in place that require the worker not use an admin account for daily work. I use a standard account at home for security reasons, but each user has to determine what's appropriate for them and their setup.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region

    Now in your case I would recommend OpenDNS. You can see in this instructional video. Using this will make your browsing faster and safer.
  5. JonBorichef macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2010
    Roseville, CA
    Basically, before modifying anything in your Mac's root folders and in the Library, it asks you for a password if you're in User mode. In Admin, it usually doesn't and it gives you less protection. The next time I restore my Mac, I'll make myself a User Account for that extra security.
  6. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    So, there's no way to turn off password protection?

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