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Possible to branch off a User Account?


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I'm working on a machine that is all set up and running as admin. What I'm hoping to do is take the machine exactly as it is in it's current state, and create a new User Account that has a separate name and password so that I can install things like Dropbox and Notational Velocity that would contain private information that would only be accessible when I'm logged in under the passworded account.

The OS is Lion.
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You can create as many user accounts that you wish (within practical limits of course) and password protect them. However, FileVault 2 is now built into Lion and may be a better way for you to protect data and certain private information.

Read up on FileVault 2 in this Apple KB article: LINK
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Is it your Mac? Can you simply maintain sole control of the admin account and then create a secondary user account with restrictions? That might be simpler (assuming you are the only admin account user).

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