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[[!meta title="Administration password"]]
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In Tails, an administration password is required to perform system
administration tasks.<br/>
For example:

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  - To [[install additional software|doc/advanced_topics/additional_software]]
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  - To [[access the internal hard disks of the computer|doc/encryption_and_privacy/your_data_wont_be_saved_unless_explicitly_asked]]
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  - To execute commands with <span class="command">sudo</span>

**By default, the administration password is disabled for better security.**
This can prevent an attacker with physical or remote access to your Tails system
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to gain administration privileges and perform administration tasks
against your will.
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Set up an administration password
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In order to perform administration tasks, you need to set up an administration
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password when starting Tails, using [[<span class="application">Tails
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Greeter</span>|startup_options#tails_greeter]].
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1. When <span class="application">Tails Greeter</span> appears, click on the
   <span class="button">[[!img lib/list-add.png alt="Expand" class="symbolic" link="no"]]</span> button.

2. When the <span class="guilabel">Additional Settings</span> dialog appears,
   click on <span class="guilabel">Administration Password</span>.

3. Specify a password of your choice in both the
   <span class="guilabel">Administration Password</span> and
   <span class="guilabel">Confirm</span> text boxes then click
   <span class="button">Add</span>.
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<a id="open_root_terminal"></a>

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How to open a root terminal
===========================

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To open a root terminal during your working session, you can do any of the following:
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  - Choose
    <span class="menuchoice">
      <span class="guimenu">Applications</span>&nbsp;▸
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      <span class="guisubmenu">System Tools</span>&nbsp;▸
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      <span class="guimenuitem">Root Terminal</span></span>.

  - Execute <span class="command">sudo -i</span> in a terminal.