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    Program Lock for Mac
    I am a potential switcher from a Thinkpad to a Mac, but want to make sure that my (very basic) needs in terms of programs are met.

    One of the things I would like is a program lock. I have found many file locks and secure vaults and screen locks, but I would like a program lock, as I may have to allow people to use my computer and there are programs that I would rather they not be allowed to use.

    E.g. In Windows, my Outlook has my calendar and emails on it, which I would prefer not have other people access.

    Any recommendations? I can't find any for the Mac.
    The PC equivalent is Program Protector - Program Protector - Password protect Windows programs and applications

    Thanks for any help.

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    Create a separate non-admin user account - all done.

    It's never a good idea to allow othes to use your account. Don't even let my wife log in to admin accounts on my personal machine.
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    +1 to bobtomay's suggestion..just create a regular user with no admin privs..and when you DO have to have people use your machine..just logoff or fast switch over to the regular user..problem solved..

    I don't even let my wife touch my iMac..she doesn't know how to use a Mac and would cause it grave harm..

    Regards

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    Just enable the Guest account in OS X. That's what it's there for.
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    Thanks for the help guys, saves me from buying one more program if I switch. I currently have computer lock, program lock, file lock and secure storage on my PC.

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    Wow. Man am I ever glad I got away from PCs all those years ago.

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    Speaking of the guest account - did that bug where it erased user data if enabled ever get fixed?
    AppleInsider | Snow Leopard guest account bug deletes user data [u]

    I have guest account disabled because of it - and have never turned it back on.

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    I'm pretty sure it was fixed in 10.6.1 or earlier.
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