Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The guest account always had very limited permissions, unfortunately since activating FileVault on Lion it's deactivated by default. (More about it here: Unable to create Guest Account after enabling FileVault.)

Is it possible to give the guest account a password? Or can I create a regular account with the normal guest account's privileges (hence making a pseudo-guest account)?

I simply need FileVault and a limited account for my guest! :)

share|improve this question
    
You can now create Guest logins in Lion - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/29206 –  Sairam Oct 26 '11 at 10:06

2 Answers 2

Guest Account

This account is visible in Directory Utility, but please do not attempt to make it compatible with FileVault 2. Not only for security; there may be other good reasons for Apple making this account not available whilst FileVault 2 is enabled.

Other accounts

For your guest you might like to create a standard account, or add parental controls. You can probably have an account that is password-free. This is in line with Kyle Cronin's answer to a linked question.

Recommended reading

Apart from being able to encypt the entire drive, what are the other differences of Filevault 2 over Filevault?

share|improve this answer
1  
actually, no, you can NOT create password-free accounts of any type (admin, standard, or Parental Controlled) once FileVault is enabled. If you could, the guest account wouldn't be disabled. –  lensovet Dec 29 '11 at 19:52

If you download the OS X server tools package, you can use the Users and Groups application to modify user's rights, even on OS X Client.

There are quite a few options to lock it down in various ways, depends on your exact requirements for locking it down.

So, I would just create a regular account and configure it to run the way you'd like.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.