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12-22-2007, 07:26 AM
Okay, so when I go to the login screen, it gives me two options for logging in. Myself, and this "Other" user, which as just a username and password box. So, what is this user for? Is it the same guest account that I disabled in System Preferences? I'm trying to completely lock down my computer so that if someone steals it, they can't use it. Is this user going to affect that? If so, is there a way to disable it?


12-22-2007, 08:02 AM
The "Other" user appears in the list when your machine either has the root user enabled (I think) or when it is set up to access directory servers. So just disable whichever one it is and the "other" user should disappear.

From a security perspective, you're better off changing the login window to enter both name and password - choosing a username from the list removes half of the puzzle.

And regarding locking down a stolen computer, anything that doesn't involve explosives* is no more than an inconvenience. Strong user passwords, firmware locks etc can be easily defeated if someone has physical access to the machine. Encrypted disk images will keep all but the most motivated out of your data, but even my sister can reinstall an OS :D

* or Sony batteries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery#Controversy), perhaps linked to the infamous "halt and catch fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halt_and_Catch_Fire)" opcode