I heard that when using User Account, Mac asks more password and confirmation. But does this also apply to when running/installing new apps first time?

What I'd like to know is, will Gatekeeper in Administrator Account still check every new app before it is launched and ask me if I really want to use it?

I got worried that what if I end up downloading some image file that is actually hidden installer and Gatekeeper won't ask me if I want to install it (and notify me I accidentally got installer file hiding as something else) if I'm using Administrator.

Basically, will security be as tight in Administrator account than it is in User Account?

  • Yes! You'll need the very same Admin password to install apps from unidentified developers in both. – owlswipe Feb 7 '17 at 1:09
  • @owlswipe So gatekeeper security will be as tight in Admin account as it is in User account? Gatekeeper won't skip warnings in Admin account? – Awashi435 Feb 7 '17 at 1:25
  • I always use my computer in its Admin account and am always prompted if I want to install software that isn't Apple-verified. That means: if I try to install Dropbox, I don't need a password. If I try to install a random guy's plugin app, I need to input the Admin password to install it. – owlswipe Feb 7 '17 at 2:55
  • I don't know about specific behind-the-scenes security stuff, so I'll refrain from posting an answer. – owlswipe Feb 7 '17 at 2:56
  • Happy to help! I can post that as an answer if you want... – owlswipe Feb 7 '17 at 12:11

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