Novice Users

If a Mac is to be used by a non-Mac-expert, set up an account for them (in  ► System Preferences... ► Accounts) as the startup login, and do not give this account administrator privileges. Then they will have to give the name and password of an administrator in order to install software or mess up the configuration.

The Guest account that comes with the system lets visitors browse the web, etc., but removes any files they create when they log out.

It is possible to further lock up a Mac, using the "Parental Controls" features of System Preferences. I have never tried this. You can set account attributes to

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