Lock down your Mac user ac­count

Lock down your Mac and get up to speed with su­per-strong se­cu­rity. Alex Blake shows how.

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Se­cur­ing your Mac’s user ac­count doesn’t have to be an ar­du­ous process. There are a few quick and easy tweaks you can do that will make a big dif­fer­ence.

If you get locked out of your ac­count, you can re­set your pass­word in macOS Re­cov­ery. But if you can do that, some­one else can too. It’s there­fore a good idea to re­strict ac­cess to Re­cov­ery by us­ing a firmware pass­word.

To en­able that, restart your Mac and hold com­mand-R un­til you en­ter macOS Re­cov­ery. Click Util­i­ties in the menu bar, then choose Boot Se­cu­rity Util­ity (some­times called Firmware Pass­word Util­ity). Click Turn On Firmware Pass­word, en­ter a strong pass­word, click Set Pass­word, then restart your Mac.

There are plenty of other op­tions at your dis­posal. For ex­am­ple, it’s a good idea to cre­ate a new ad­min user and re­move the ad­min­is­tra­tor priv­i­leges from your reg­u­lar ac­count. That way, pow­er­ful con­trols are locked be­hind a sep­a­rate ac­count. Read on for more su­per-se­cure sug­ges­tions.

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