I've recently installed steam by just copying app folder to applications and was surprised to discover that app automatically added to login items after first run. I didn't expect that to happen. It seems that adding app to login items doesn't require admin password.

  • I'm curious, what's the logic behind such design decision?
  • Any other places macOS apps can sneak that I should be aware about?

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Login items are per user. As for other user-level settings there is no admin password required to change them. It is a bit sneaky from Steam to add an entry there without informing/asking the user though.

For a lot more ways (including some really sneaky ones) to start applications automatically see https://theevilbit.github.io/beyond/.

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