3 Ways To Protect Against Forgetting Your Mac Password

If a Mac user in your household forgets their password, they can be locked out of their account and data. But there are three easy ways to protect against this. You can set up a backup administrator account on their Mac, enable a back-door by allowing them to change their password with their Apple ID, or set a master password to use for all accounts on their Mac.

Comments: 5 Responses to “3 Ways To Protect Against Forgetting Your Mac Password”

    Brenda Brooks
    2 years ago

    Gary, I liked your comment about ticking the box to Allow user to reset password using Apple ID. However my admin account doesn’t have this option on my Mac book laptop. I am using the latest software version Sierra version 10.12.6. I am in the UK in case that is relevant. Do you know why it is missing?

    2 years ago

    Brenda: Try this in System Preferences in Users & Groups. Click the padlock button and authenticate. Then Control+click your user name in the list. Select “Advanced Options.” Do you see where it shows “Apple ID” on this screen? Is your Apple ID listed? If not, there may be a “Set” button to the right of that.

    Brenda Brooks
    2 years ago

    Gary, I did as you said and I see my Apple ID listed which was correct. The only button next to it was a change button.

    2 years ago

    Brenda: Hmmm. Not sure why this doesn’t appear for you as an option then. Perhaps it doesn’t work with FileVault turned on?

    Brenda Brooks
    2 years ago

    Gary, Just checked and yes I do have FireVault switched on.

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