No one should ever have unauthorized access to your Mac!
Now your Mac is password protected. You'll need to enter a password when you turn on your computer. That's what you did in step 1 - disable automatic login.
You'll also need to enter a password to exit the screen saver and wake the computer from sleep. Try to remember to manually lock your computer when you get up from you desk by moving the pointer to the screen saver hotspot. The screen saver will start, and your computer will be protected while you're away from your desk - no one can access it without your password.
If you forget to manually start the screen saver, it will automatically start after the time interval you selected. It's pretty good protection against snoops at home or in the office! Matthew Cone , the author of Master Your Mac and a freelance writer specializing in Apple hardware and software, has been a Mac user for over 20 years. A former ghost writer for some of Apple's most notable instructors, Cone founded Macinstruct in , a site with OS X tutorials that boasts hundreds of thousands of unique visitors per month.
You can email him at: matt macinstruct. Doing this method will make your Mac go straight to your desktop without requiring any password once that it boots up. Doing this means that there will be no selection and there will be no password requirement. Also, you can still be able to have other user accounts on your Mac. However, you will be needing to switch users from the menu screen located at the top of your screen which you can easily access. And that before you can turn on automatic login on your Mac, the first thing that you would need to do is to make sure that your FileVault is turned off.
The FileVault is known as the encryption service that actually protects all the data that you have on your Mac. Step 3: And then, choose FileVault.
The all-round problem fixer for Mac. If you want to turn off the login password completely, it has the potential very quickly to get a bit awkward. Now your Mac is password protected. Although it is generally not a good idea, there are certain scenarios where you would have to turn off password protection on a MacOS. Because I have FileVault enabled. Change Mac user password: Enter the old password and new password for the user, verify it and click Change Password button.
Step 4: Once that you are there, go ahead and click to lock and then key in your administrator password. Once that you are done turning off the FileVault on your Mac, then you can go ahead and enable the automatic login. Here are the steps that you need to follow.
Step 3: Then after that, go ahead and click to lock and then enter your admin password. Step 5: And then, go ahead and choose the account from the list that is shown on your screen. Step 6: Once done go ahead and enter your admin password. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that you cannot be able to turn on the Automatic Login if you are going to use your iCloud password as your login.
And once that you are done with this, you will now be able to access your Mac and go straight ahead to your desktop screen. But if you are going to switch users, changing the administrator settings, or waking up from sleep mode, then you still need to key in your password. If you want to know how you can do that, go ahead and check out method 2. Normally, your Mac would go to sleep when you are not using it. This is to protect the screen from burning. However, there are some users who are annoyed when their Mac goes to sleep. This is because they would have to enter their password again before they can access it again.
Now since this situation can really be so annoying for some users because they would have to enter their password all over again. Here, we are going to show you on how you can turn off your password on your Mac when your Mac is waking up from sleep. You actually have two options in doing this.
You can choose to completely when waking up. Or you can also set up your Mac to require a password every five minutes or so. This way, you can allow your Mac to go to sleep for a short time without you having to enter the password again.
Here are the steps that you would be needing to follow for you to do this. Step 5: After that, go ahead and key in your Mac admin password. Don't worry: there's no limit to the number of times you can enter a test password.
If the password hint doesn't show up, that will be because it wasn't set to show password hints in the Login Options. Unfortunately, the only way to change this setting is to log into your Mac. Luckily there are other ways to find your password, so read on. Do you share the Mac with another person - some people do, in these days of remote working and hot-desking - and do they have their own account?
Is there an administrator who looks after your work Mac? An IT guy or girl who might be able to log on? Or do you have a different user account on the Mac that you do know the password to? If they or you know the password to another account for the Mac you can use this account to reset your password. Follow these steps to reset your Mac password from another account:. You have now changed the password for that account, and you can log into that account using the new password.
Note that this doesn't change the password for the Keychain and you will be asked when you log into the account if you want to update the keychain password.