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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

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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..

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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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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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