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    As Macs increase in popularity (with x86 chips and Boot Camp etc.) its likley that viruses or worms will be developed to attack OS X.

    So how many of you typically run in Admin mode or use a User account

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    As long as it asks for the password before giving admin privileges to any app i'm good with Admin mode. But of course if I was setting this up for someone who didn't know better than install random stuff... I'd have them running in user mode for sure.
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    I agree with sarahsboy18. But I might have to think again when I hear about any OS X viruses!

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    May 26, 2005
    Walsall, England
    I used to run as admin but I changed my account to a user and made an admin account. It doesn't really affect my day to day running so I figured why not. Does anyone know fully what the security benefits are? I'm not just talking about viruses, but just in general. Are things less likely to go wrong if a program misbehaves unintentionally?

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    Feb 02, 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_PC_Puke
    As Macs increase in popularity (with x86 chips and Boot Camp etc.) its likley that viruses or worms will be developed to attack OS X.
    This may be somewhat true, but still... not very likely.
    This is because Mac OS X doesn't allow users to use the root account unless they first enable the option. This lessens the likelihood of email-driven viruses and worms, as most users would not even know how to enable the root account or rarely even need to. Even runing as Admin, you still don't have root enabled. In order for a virus to attack your system it must be given root user priviliges, otherwise it will not be allowed to run. Due to the strong separation between normal users, even Admins and the privileged root user, a Mac OS X user would have to be running as root to really do any damage to the system. Also, there are also no self-executing programs or files in Mac OS X. So a user would have to read the email, save the attachment, give the attachment executable permissions, and then run the executable. The user could damage his /user/home directory, but that's about it. For it to infect the entire system the steps would have to become the following: read, save, become root, give executable permissions, run. The more steps, the less likely users will bother with it, the less likely a virus infection becomes, the less likely a person is inclined to develop a virus...and certainly the less likely a catastrophically spreading virus becomes.

    at least that is my .02
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