Setting up a Non-Root User on Backtrack 4

Traditionally one of the most dangerous practices surrounding UNIX is using the root account as your normal user account. This is the default under Backtrack and here’s how to fix it so you only use Root when you need to:

1. Open a Konsole session.

2. Type: adduser username.

3. You will be asked a series of questions along with setting your password.

4. Once the account is created, type: cp -rf /root/.kde* /home/username.

6. Type: chown -R username:username /home/username to overwrite any of root’s perms that may have copied over.

5. Edit the /etc/group file with your editor of choice and add username to the admin and audio groups.

6. Logout and back in with the new account and you should be good to go.

Step #4 will copy all of the application menu’s that have links to the Backtrack programs so you don’t loose them. Enjoy.