The Essentials of File and Folder Permissions in Mac OS X Lion

Have you ever wanted to grab a file from your Mac while you were halfway around the world or even around the corner? It’s not difficult with Mac OS X (believe it or not), even though computer networking in general has a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and nerve-wracking. The truth is that you won’t encounter anything scary or complicated about sharing files, folders, and disks among computers as long as the computers are Macintoshes. And if some of the computers are running Windows, Mac OS X Lion even makes that (almost) painless.

After you set up file sharing, your next step on the path to sharing files on a network is telling your Mac who is allowed to see and access specific folders. Macintosh file sharing (and indeed, Mac OS X Lion as well) is based on the concept of users. You can share items with no users, one user, or many users, depending on your needs.

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