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Introduction

Mac OS X was designed from the ground up for sharing, and it really doesn't matter what you want to share. For example, you might want to set up a simple home-based network to share files between family members, or even hook your Macintosh into a major network using a combination of Windows, Unix, and Mac machines. In Chapter 17, Managing Files Using a Network, you'll learn how to set up a functional network using a variety of methods; however in this chapter you'll learn how to create user accounts, manage those accounts, and even protect your information from being accessed by unauthorized individuals, using Panther's new File Vault application. In addition, Panther lets multiple users log in and switch between accounts with the click of a button.

Correctly setting up user accounts is important to the security of your computer, so each account is assigned it's own name, and individual password. Take care when setting up accounts that you don't give the user more privileges (access) than needed to perform their job. Also, when setting up accounts and passwords, make sure to be accurate in your typing of passwords. Passwords are case-sensitive, and if forgotten, data can be lost forever. When setting up accounts, you can have shared files that can be available for all users on your computer or network.


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