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I believe I have too much security on my mac. Whenever I try changing a file name or install a program I have to enter my laptop's password. Moreover, I cannot quickly access downloaded programs because they are from unidentified developers, and I must right-click > open in order for me to run them. That is really frustrating. Do I need to my laptop to be THAT secure (due to recent malware attacks on Macbooks ? ) Can I chance the settings to have it a bit more flexible ?

Platform : Mountaion Lion Retina Macbook Pro

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Not sure what I did wrong to get a -1 .. so thank you whoever did that –  Render Oct 16 '12 at 1:16
How are you installing the programs? What file's names are you trying to change? –  segiddins Oct 16 '12 at 2:06
For example, I download a program and it says it cannot run the program because it is from an unknown developer. If I install a package, it asks for my laptop's password mid-way. –  Render Oct 16 '12 at 2:57

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You can disable Gatekeeper in System Preferences:

This removes the warnings about opening files downloaded from the internet:

defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false

It doesn't affect the dialogs about opening applications for the first time though.

You can run Finder as root with osascript -e 'quit app "Finder"' && sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder, but it's not really meant to be done permanently.

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What is disadvantage of disabling Gatekeeper ?? Does malware have a higher chance of infecting my laptop this way ? –  Render Oct 16 '12 at 4:01
You'll still be shown a warning when an application tries to open itself for the first time. There isn't even that much malware for Macs yet. –  ؘؘؘؘ Oct 16 '12 at 4:32
What about folder permissions ? I am an administrator but sometimes I don't have rights to write a program, just read only .. –  Render Oct 16 '12 at 16:03

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