Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have made a new user on my machine to be used by my family.

But when I logged in to the family account which is not an administrative account, I could access my home folder(which is an administrative account).

I want to restrict the access to my home folder from the new standard user...How do I do this??

And I would also like to restrict that user from using the other NTFS partitions I have.

In short that account should have access only to its own home folder and not to my home folder or to any NTFS partition present.

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

One way would be logging in as your user, open up a terminal (hit Ctrl+Alt+T), type

chmod go-rwx ~

and hit enter.

Like that you deny the permission to read, write and cd to your home directory to anybody apart from you.

share|improve this answer
That has worked..!! thanx..!! any idea about restricting the permission to the NTFS partition?? – Nirmik May 23 '12 at 11:23
@Nirmik See this for restricting access to NTFS partition. – Faizan Apr 14 '15 at 14:30

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.