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Password Protect Your Apple Mac OSX

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

With market share for Apple Macs climbing we get more and more questions about privacy and security settings for the Mac. A reporter recently asked how to password protect a Mac OSX computer. Click the start button below for a quick video tutorial (with audio) on password protecting your Mac. Follow the tutorial to password protect the computer. It also shows you how to have password access kick in after the machine goes to sleep or after the screen saver kicks in. Last night Erik Kennedy blogged “Mac users need to think about security, too” on ars technica with some great tips as well. If you have a Windows XP machine, we have a tutorial for you here.

Here are the text instructions:

  • 1. Pull down the Apple Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  • 2. Select the System Preferences menu item.
  • 3. After the window opens, select the Security button.
  • 4. Check the box next to Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaver.
  • 5. Next, below the heading For all accounts on this computer: check the box next to Disable automatic login.
  • 6. Also, for good measure, check the box next to Require password to unlock each secure system preference.
  • 7. Don’t forget to lock the padlock to prevent changes.
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