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Is there any way to disable the "Click the lock to make changes" needing a password, or is there a way to permanently unlock all settings in Mountain Lion?

More specifically I'm turning the Network Link Conditioner ( to simulate slow connections ) on and off frequently from its system preferences pane and it needs a password each time and it's getting annoying.

I'm comfortable with the security issues this presents if I could revert to the default behavior at some point.

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I'd just like to point out that in the time it takes to think up a sarcastic reply to an answer ( but ultimately not send because you're too polite ), the lock locks itself automatically.

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The settings stay unlocked, just do not click the "lock". This will keep the stuff unlocked until you want to lock it again.

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    Thanks, is there any other way to keep it unlocked if the lock locks itself after a minute? – Paul Tibbetts Jun 27 '13 at 16:47
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    This is clearly how it is designed (and it is a good design), but for many users like me, it does not work. The padlock is re-locked each time that System Preferences is reopened. – Steven Lu Jan 29 '15 at 17:01

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