5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 11:10 PM by eldrik
osx-addict Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi all..

 

I've been wondering this for a while.. Is there a way to have a different mail password instead of using the one that you use to login to Lion directly?  Currently the two are the same -- login password = mail password.  I'd like to have a different password for the two.  Is this possible whether via command line or otherwise?

 

Thanks!


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.1), Mid-2011, 4Gb RAM
  • 1. Re: Can I have a different mail account password vs the login password?
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,190 points)

    Hi

     

    If your login account is local only the answer is yes. There's no need to use the command line either. Simply change the local password using the usual method.

     

    HTH?

     

    Tony

  • 2. Re: Can I have a different mail account password vs the login password?
    osx-addict Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    You're implying I'm going to change all passwords using the GUI.. I want one password for logging in and one for the email..

  • 3. Re: Can I have a different mail account password vs the login password?
    Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,790 points)

    Ultimately you're looking at it from the wrong direction.

     

    Each directory has one password for each user. ANY service/server that feeds off that directory will use the same password for any given user. It doesn't matter whether you're talking of a GUI login, ssh, FTP, AFP, SMTP, or whatever, they'll all use the same password associated with the username.

     

    If you want a specific server/service to use a different password then you have two options.

    One is to run a separate directory server for mail. This directory server has all the same user records but with different passwords. You then configure the mail server to use this directory server rather than the one that all other systems use.


    The other option is to create additional user records within the existing server, but with some difference - for example, username 'joe' is your primary account with 'joe-email' as your email username, with a different password. Then you need to configure your mail client to athenticate using 'joe-email' rather than 'joe'. You'll probably also need to setup mail forwarding so that email sent to 'joe@yourdomain.com' ends up in the joe-email mailbox.

     

    In both cases you'll increasing your workload by maintaining either two directories or two records for each user. You'll have to decide how much effort that is, and whether it's worth it.

  • 4. Re: Can I have a different mail account password vs the login password?
    osx-addict Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks..That answered my original question.. The main reason I wanted to do this was to primarily allow me to monitor email traffic for my kids.. I guess I could use the email setting "copy all mail to:" feature but am not sure if that gets all incoming and outgoing mails.. Thanks!

  • 5. Re: Can I have a different mail account password vs the login password?
    eldrik Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    So you are trying to sneak into the private life and communication of your kids?

     

    I don't know how old they are neighter this makes a difference to the rights of ones private life or if it's legal where you are living.

     

    Don't you mind they are loosing their trust in you if they find out that you are lurking over their private communication?

     

    If you are afraid they could become victims of Internet crimes or pedophils you better try to explain them the risks of the Internet so they will ask you if something is wrong rather to control them without their knowledge.