How To Set Up An Administrator Account On Your Mac
This is a short post about how to set up an administrator account on your Mac. It’s important that you have a level of security that assures that nothing can happen to your computer without your approval. That includes approval of yourself.
The reason you want to do this to avoid making a mistake and loading malware onto your machine when you are not paying attention.
By using your machine as a standard user you will always get the admin prompt before your load any software from an unreliable source.
When you first get a new computer it defaults to the administrator account when you turn it on and most people simple name it what ever they want and go on to use the machine as is. Many don’t realize they are running the computer as an administrator and as such will never be questioned when doing something potentially harmful to their data.
Remember, viruses and malware need your approval before they can load onto your computer and if your are running as an administrator that approval is automatic. So you want a level of security that you can get by separating the administrator function from the daily use by you as a user.
That’s why it is a good idea to set your machine up with an admin account, which you control, and then create a standard account in your name that you use on a daily basis.