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technologist

 
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Mac Specs: 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)

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Originally Posted by Acill
No point in using your computer with a 2nd account set as limited. The initial user you made when you first turned on the Powerbook should be your default account for everything you do.
If you're at all concerned about security, don't run as admin.

There are basically three categories
1. Managed: Can only run specific applications and modify some preferences, or none at all, depending on the restrictions put in place when the account was created

2. Standard: Can run all applications and modify any preferences related to his/her account

3. Admin: Can run all applications, install applications, and modify system-wide preferences.

For the most part, you only need to be Admin when you first set up your Mac. For day-to-day use, a Standard user account will be all you need.

When you do need to install applications or modify systemwide preferences the OS will usually present an authentication box for an Admin username and password. (You usually don't have to actually log in as that user.)
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