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Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2008 3:32 PM (in response to Dacpro)Hi Dacpro;
Yes. It is normal practice to have a user account with limited privileges to normal be used for day to day operations. If you use admin then you are leaving yourself open to being attacked by hacker.
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Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2008 3:35 PM (in response to Dacpro)You'll get varying opinions on whether or not to use an admin or standard account. I do the former even though Apple in its security documents recommends using standard accounts on multiuser machines, which mine isn't. Search these forums for *admin account*, *standard account*, and *nonadmin account* to see what others have posted.
Since you're new to the Mac world, see these:
Switching from Windows to Mac OS X,
Basic Tutorials on using a Mac,
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition.
Additionally, *Texas Mac Man* recommends:
Welcome to the Switch To A Mac Guides,
Take Control E-books, and
A guide for switching to a Mac.24" iMac 2.8 Core 2 Ext 4 GB RAM/G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6), (G4 w/10.5.6/10.4.11/9.2.2)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2008 3:48 PM (in response to Dacpro)Hi
For me a secure Admin account is all I need. Normal is what you want it to be and what your needs are.
My main focus is with server controlled environments (Apple's Open Directory) in educational institutions. In those environments a secure local admin account is essential. Students have access thereafter with networked controlled accounts. If you've ever worked with Active Directory then you will know what I mean.
On a different note: now that you've taken the plunge and decided to use a mac you will now know what it's like to get to your desktop and begin working within a minute of switching on your computer. I've not seen a PC manage this yet.
Ironically not unless it's installed on a Intel Mac.