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[[!meta title="Administration password"]]
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In Tails, an administration password (also called *root password* or *amnesia password*) is required to perform system administration tasks. For example:
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To [[install additional software|doc/first_steps/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>
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**By default, the administration password is disabled for better security.**
This can prevent an attacker with physical or remote access to your Tails system
to gain administration privileges and perform administration tasks
against your will.
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[[!img password-prompt.png link="no" alt="Authentication required: amnesia password (also called *administration password* or *root password*)"]] <!-- Note for translators: the alt tag is useful for SEO. -->
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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
password when starting Tails, using [[<span class="application">Tails
Greeter</span>|startup_options#tails_greeter]].
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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.
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[[!img additional.png link="no" alt="Additional settings of Tails Greeter"]]
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When the <span class="guilabel">Additional Settings</span> dialog appears, click on <span class="guilabel">Administration Password</span>.
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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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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;▸
<span class="guisubmenu">System Tools</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guimenuitem">Root Terminal</span></span>.
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Execute <span class="command">sudo -i</span> in a terminal.
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