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Lesson 5. Permissions > Understanding the Mac OS X User–Based Access Model

Understanding the Mac OS X User–Based Access Model

For security and ease of use, each user on your computer stores files in his or her home folder. Unless these files are explicitly placed in a publicly-accessible folder, they can only be opened and edited by the Owner or the System Administrator. Other files, such as applications in Applications and system files in System, are located outside your home folder because they are intended to be shared by all users of your computer.


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