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Passwords & OS X

by Nancy Ross / August 7, 2011 3:54 AM PDT

I hope to upgrade to Lion soon. I have been having an annoying problem
with Snow Leopard and Leopard. I'm pretty sure it happened when I first set up my iMac and has continued with each upgrade. I am a sole user of the computer. I have to sign in with password when I get on, which is no problem, but have to sign in with each Application I use. When I click "get mail" have to sign in each time, use Safari, have to sign in with password etc. before I upgrade to Lion, is there any way to insure that I don't have to use my password for everything I do. I hope someone can help.

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Sounds like
by Jimmy Greystone / August 7, 2011 7:59 AM PDT
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Sounds like long long ago, when you were first asked whether or not you wanted to use Keychain to remember passwords on your system, you said no, and that setting has carried over since then.

I'm more of a hardware guy, so I couldn't find the place where you change that after a minute or two of looking, but someone else will probably know. Or you could just google it yourself.

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Are you an Administrat on your Mac?
by Steve 1 2 3 / August 7, 2011 9:05 PM PDT
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Until I upgraded from a old G5 (on OS 10.5.8 and earlier OSs), to my new 2011 iMac now on Lion, when (clean) installing an OS I was asked to state whether I wanted to be an Administrator. (That status requires a password to log in and also to prevent others, such as kids, doing things which might upset the computer, including downloading.)

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No mystery here,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 7, 2011 9:52 PM PDT

OS X requires that at least one (1) user of the computer be an Administrator. When there is only one user of the computer, then that account gets to be the Admin.

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by Nancy Ross / August 8, 2011 7:31 AM PDT
In reply to: No mystery here,

I don't mind a password and think it's great for going on to your computer. My problem was anytime
I hit "Get Mail" I would have to do a password. Whenever I went on Safari a password etc. problem has been solved......
mrmacfixit below.

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Let's see if this helps,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 7, 2011 9:52 AM PDT
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take a look, and follow the instructions in this Apple article:

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Thank you thank you thank you
by Nancy Ross / August 8, 2011 7:33 AM PDT

I really appreciate your help. The link you sent solved my problem. Before this I had done the
keychain repair etc. but that didn't help. Resetting the whole keychain did.
Thank you again....I found it really annoying doing the password whenever I got more mail etc.

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(NT) You're welcome.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 8, 2011 11:30 AM PDT
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