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Chapter 5. Networking > Users, Groups, & Privileges

Users, Groups, & Privileges

Network file and application sharing access is based on how you fit into the users and groups setup for that computer, as well as the privileges set for the file or its enclosing folder. Let's take a closer look at how all this works.

Users & Groups

Each person who connects to a computer (other than with Guest access) is considered a user. Each user has his own user name or ID and a password. User names are set up by the computer's system administrator, using the Users preferences pane. The password is also assigned by the system administrator, but in most cases, it can be changed by the user himself to enhance security.


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