I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can access however every single folder and document that does not belong to this preinstalled standard folders. Changing folder permissions in the admin account does not change anything. What am I doing wrong?

  • Note that Documents etc. has + sign when you ls -la ~. Check out ACL (Access Control Lists). May 25, 2015 at 18:17

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The simplest way to prevent the access is by Get Info.. (or +i on directory and setting the permissions there.

To prevent other user from viewing your files, settings should look like:

  • username(me) read / write
  • everyone no access

Note: remove all the other positions like group etc.

  • As I wrote "Changing folder permissions in the admin account does not change anything."
    – lejonet
    May 25, 2015 at 20:00
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    Note: You need to remove "staff" and leave only "me" and "everyone", set "everyone" to no access. May 25, 2015 at 20:38
  • I can't remove "staff", it tells me I have no right to do so although I am an admin.
    – lejonet
    Jun 22, 2015 at 18:56
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    @lejonet click on the padlock in the lower right corner, You'll be asked for Your admin password. Jun 22, 2015 at 19:19

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