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How to password protect Mail application

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Boy do I feel stupid.  After 10 years in the software business, I've just obtained my first Mac running OS X Panther.  I have a very simple question.  How do I password protect the built-in Mail application?  What I want to happen is this: When you click on Mail, you will be immediately prompted for a password, otherwise the application will not launch.  So easy with Windows and Outlook, I can't believe its not more obvious.  Please help - I've been generous with the points.
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OS X is a true multi-user system. All the authentication takes place at the login screen. If there are apps you don't want people to be able to use, they get a separate account with lower permissions. It assumes that if you have permissions to log into a particular account, that you have the permission to access all the apps and files appropriate for that account.

If you're worried about people sneaking in and using your account, set the screensaver to require a password to return to the desktop. When you walk away from your machine, throw your mouse cursor to a "sleep corner". If someone wants to use the machine while youre away, they can bring it out of sleep, type the name and password for THEIR account, and use panthers fast user switching to get to their own desktop, mail, documents, etc.
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Well isn't that nice.  I don't think my significant other will accept that she can't use my username and password.  I guess I just won't use this machine for certain e-mail accounts.  - Thanks for the info.
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It's very simple to set up a separate account for someone else. You can switch back and forth between them on the fly while keeping both people logged in with their processes running in the background.
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