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www user with mamp

  • Hello,
    I am running wp under mamp on a mac (lion operating system. It constantly warns that while connected to the internet you should run mamp as www user, rather thatn your own name for security reasons. However, when i try to add www as a user in order to give it access to the relevant files, it says that this user already exists; it is never available for me to select from the list of users.

    How do i get round this, and what kind of security risk am i taking by running it under my own username?

    Many thanks in advance.

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