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Caution: Do not rename a user's home folder
Authored by: garumph on Jul 20, '07 10:35:04PM

Key thing here is to always have a backup account with root access. create it, but don't use it. If you ever have something go wrong with your regular account, it makes it much easier to fix.



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Caution: Do not rename a user's home folder
Authored by: jelmore49 on Jul 21, '07 09:40:56AM
If you create an account with the short name of "admin" -- the full name is irrelevant -- OS X does not allow admin privileges to be removed from it. It's kind of a "root--lite", and it's the first account I create on any new Mac OS X install.

To hide that it exists from casual perusal of your machine, either switch the Account Preferences so that it displays username and password fields to fill out (which provides a bit more security against casual attempts to access your machine in general, since a potential sneak has to guess both a username and a password) or use a utility such as lwn to enable hiding of accounts with admin privileges.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18752

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Caution: Do not rename a user's home folder
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 21, '07 11:55:04AM

The one thing you do not want to do is have an activated root account. If you know how to make a disabled but active root account (logs in to false) and set sudo to require the root password - yes that is safer. But otherwise the OOTB config is a lot safer and having a root account lying around is really asking for it. And anything you need to do you can do from a sudo -s session anyway.



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Caution: Do not rename a user's home folder
Authored by: thirdrockphoto on Jul 23, '07 06:48:31PM

"Key thing here is to always have a backup account..."

Well, yeah, backup everything, of course. But the "account" is typically the largest folder on the computer. Mine is 16.8GB so it needs a dedicated second hard drive for the account backup.

The Windows switchers who think it is dumb to loose access to your account after the name is changed should realize it is part of UNIX security which is far better than Windows security.



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