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I'm going to leave my main iMac in the office for a few days but I also need to access it remotely.

Currently I noticed I can only remotely access the mac with ARD or teamviewer if the iMac account wasn't locked.

How can I access the iMac remotely whilst still guaranteeing security to prevent unauthorized access from other sources.

TeamViewer requires password to connect, so that's safe, but requires the iMac up and running and not locked.

  • In Teamviewer to connect you will need to know the password. So what is the problem? As long your home mac is up and running (with teamviewer active) you can connect with password. – Ruskes Apr 7 '13 at 19:11
  • @Buscar웃 As far as I understand the problem is that once you lock your screen, the Mac goes to sleep and you can't log in with TeamViewer anymore... – Chris Sep 5 '15 at 7:39
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This isn't actually true. With ARD/Screen Sharing, you can leave the mac logged-out, authenticate when you connect with ARD, and then log in to your user account after connecting.

You just need to make sure the Mac isn't set to go to sleep when no one is logged in.

With TeamViewer, you would need to have the account logged in, but it should still be accessible if you have the account locked or using fast user switching. Those features allow an account to stay logged in, but prevent it from being used (physically or remotely) until authentication.

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