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Mac® Security Bible by Joe Kissell

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Chapter 3. Working with User Accounts

IN THIS CHAPTER

Understanding Mac OS X accounts

Modifying permissions for better security

Configuring user accounts and groups

Improving login security

Working with managed accounts

Using sudo for temporary administrator access

Achieving fine-grained control with access control lists

Mac OS X is an inherently multi-user operating system, even if only one person ever uses a particular computer. Each user has an account — and in addition, there are numerous built-in accounts that aren't normally visible to users. This chapter begins with an overview of what accounts have to do with security. I then describe what accounts are, how to configure them, and how they relate to the pervasive notion of permissions.

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