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Can you recommend a method for keeping an office Mac computer "pass word protected" from unauthorized use during after hours.
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KevSpencer earned 150 total points
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Hi, Cliff.

There are several shareware-based options to lock the Mac. Visit Shareware.com on the Web and use "password" or "security" to find Mac software that might work.

Apple sells "At Ease", security software that limits access by user name and password. It's only caveat is that it doesn't allow a Mac to share files if it is used. It's relatively inexpensive and can be ordered from Apple resellers or other mail-order catalogs.

A less-expensive option is to shutdown the Mac and remove the keyboard and mouse. Place it in a locked drawer. Unless they can find another Mac keyboard--no access!

Good luck! --KS
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I have used and adminsistered At Ease, it is good for very simple requirements.  I find it a little too simplistic. But depending on your needs, an excellent security program (more involved than At Ease) that I have used and tested extensively on 7.5.x through 7.6.1 (officially supports up to 8.5 and starting with a MacSE) is DiskGuard from http://www2.asdsoft.com/. If you don't want a serious security program, I would follow Cliff's advice, and check out some shareware solutions.
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