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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?

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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?
    That's how the folks at Apple set the computer us and how I've run it since I got my iMac. It's the only account that I have set up on the computer.

    Please tell me how I would reconfigure my iMac to address any problems
     24" iMac, 3.06GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 10.6.8
     2011 Mac mini, 2.7Ghz i7, 8GB RAM, 750 GB HDD, 10.7.3
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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?
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    I use my computer as Administrator in all cases. It was more important for Windows computers with viruses and other malware that could wreak havoc if installed under an administrative account - probably less of an issue for Macs although I do know that the NSA still suggests you surf using a non-admin account. Of course, they get paid to be paranoid. If you were really concerned - you could just create a second user that doesn't have Administrative privileges and use that.

    The key thing is to take care with your Admin password and under what circumstances you use it.

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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?
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    Way... way too many specs to list.
    ^
    what this guy said.
    mike
    This machine kills fascists
    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?
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    i agree with Brian but if you must you can create a guest account in users in system
    preferences that account will have limited to no privileges.

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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?
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    I run from an administrator account all the time. I would suggest creating a second user account for troubleshooting purposes. When a problem affects one account but not the other that's a good indication that the problem is in the first account.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Why is it a security risk to post as "administrator"?

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    Thanks guys, appreciate it
     24" iMac, 3.06GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 10.6.8
     2011 Mac mini, 2.7Ghz i7, 8GB RAM, 750 GB HDD, 10.7.3
     iPad3 64GB, iPad2 32 GB
     iPhone 4, 32GB  Airport Extreme 5

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