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8/11/2019 0 Comments
Every now and then, iTandCoffee sees a Mac user who does not know their Mac's main administrator password. This so often occurs when the Mac has been set up to automatically sign in without requiring entry of a password.
This is quite dangerous, as if the Mac is stolen, there is nothing stopping the thief from accessing all your computer's information.
A thief may even be able to access your online accounts using passwords that are saved on the Mac. Added to this, the Mac cannot be updated without the administrator password - leaving it on an older version of the operating system that is not secure from threats.
In situations where a Mac's owner has not known its password, I have used a 'back door' that allows me to reset their administrator password.
That's right - the Mac's password can be changed via a back door by anyone who takes your Mac. This then gives them access to the Mac's folders and files to someone who knows how to use this 'back door'.
This makes the standard security that most people use on their Mac insufficient to protect the Mac's contents if the device is stolen.
How can I properly secure my Mac against unauthorised access?
To properly secure your Mac, you need to activate a feature that encrypts the Mac's hard drive.
This then blocks the 'back door' password reset option, and stops anyone who doesn't have your password from access ANY of your files. They simply can't get into your Mac without the password that was used to encrypt your hard drive.
We have a video tutorial of how to activate the encryption feature, and it is available in the iTandCoffee Club hints library for Club members. (Not yet a member?Find out more about the iTandCoffee Club here.)
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