Sharing a Mac® Computer

Covenant Eyes works best when each person in your home uses a unique Covenant Eyes username. The Mac®  operating system allows you to set up multiple user profiles on the computer. User profiles are free! They improve security, allow you to personalize the desktop, and make it easy to share a computer with people that have different Covenant Eyes usernames.

How to use multiple Mac profiles (overview)

  • Create individual Covenant Eyes usernames, this is important for report accuracy.
  • Create Mac profiles, details are down below.
  • Install Covenant Eyes on the main profile (aka the Admin profile) and the program will be installed on each profile.
  • When Person A is done using the computer, hit “Command+Control+Q” and the main log-in screen will appear. Whoever comes next (Person B, Person C, or Person X) will have to use their own profile password to use the computer.

Creating a Mac profile

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper, left-hand corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.”
  2. In the new window, select “Users & Groups.”
  3. Click the lock to make a change and enter your computer password. After that, you can click the “+” icon just above the lock.
  4. Make sure the account is “Standard” and enter the “Full Name”, “Account Name”, and “Password”, then select “Create User.”
  5. That’s it! To switch over to the new account, hit the Apple icon in the top left and select “Lock Screen” then hit “Switch User” at the bottom.

If you prefer, you can read Apple’s directions for setting up a new user profile on a Mac.

Using one profile on a Mac

In the event that multiple people are sharing one User profile on a Mac, they’ll have to use the Switch User option. It’s important to switch users when you’re done browsing. Here’s an example:

John doesn’t switch when he’s done browsing. Susie comes along and uses the Mac, without switching to her username. That session of her online activity will end up on John’s report.

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