If anyone ask you instantly “can I use your computer real quick” what would be your first reaction. It may be from nothing to flailing toward your device to see if you can make it do something that looks like it is unusable, getting you out of having to abandon it to a family member with a checkered techno-past. In other word you need a security for your Mac.
By fortune, a small bit of prep work can make this question easy to respond. What you have to do it is just make a guest account on your Mac. Guest accounts are prefer and are supposed to be perfect because as a guest user limits the amount of damage that can be imposed on your system to virtually nothing. Guest users can’t change other user accounts or system settings and have no remote access. If you really want to ratchet things down, you can also use Parental Controls to limit the apps a guest account can use, or filter internet content.
This is all very nice. Now you must be eager to know, what is the difference between a guest account and a regular account? The basic difference n between both is files. Any files created or downloaded by a guest account are deleted on logout, so every time you log in as a guest user it always looks like nobody has ever logged in before.
Here’s how to create a guest account?
- Go to System Preferences and select Users and Groups (10.7) or Accounts (10.5 or 10.6).
- In that panel, click on the Guest User, and check “Allow guests to log in to this computer.”
That’s it! No really! All you have to do is determine whether you want to turn on Parental Controls or allow the guest account to connect to shared folders, and you’re done. Now your Mac is ready for whatever your visitors can throw at it.
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