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I'd like to set a password for the guest account. How can I do this? (This question is not answered under the similar question in this forum, see below.)
The last time this was asked on this forum it was suggested that there was no reason to set a password on guest as it was equivalent to set up a new, regular account with a password. It seems to me that this is not the same thing. The guest account is secure by default, limits access to the file system and is self-cleaning, regular accounts are not. By self-cleaning I mean that it leaves no loose files, no internet history, no potential viruses (I know, Linux has none), etc. since it all takes place in temporary space.
It is good to have the guest account protected, too, in some situations. For example, if you live in a group house and have a common computer you may want to share freely with people you know but otherwise limit expensive internet access. Not everyone has the same situation.
One suggestion last time was to "Open a terminal ... Then type passwd and the user name. So it should be passwd guest" This didn't work in my hands, even with sudo. Linux replied "user 'guest' does not exist" Am I doing something wrong?
If Ubuntu is not designed to allow a password on the guest account then, in the spirit of Linux, if you think this is a reasonable thing to do, let's look for a workaround.
(I'm a newbie, so let me know where I'm being naive.)