I forgot my password....

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by stanw, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    I f@#$ed up and have access to too many Macs at work and assigned a password to a new Mac and now I am trying to install software and I can not.

    1. Where do I get my password reminder?
    2. What other options do I have?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    reinstall the os
     
  3. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Reset your password with the following:

    Restart your Mac, hold down Command-R when you hear the bong.
    When you get the Utilities screen, go to the menu and choose Utilities/Terminal.
    In the Terminal window type: resetpassword and hit Return.
    Use the Reset Password tool to select your disk, userid, and new password.

    Notes:

    This will not work if you have FileVault turned on.
    You will lose access to your keychain, OS X will create a new one.

    For pictures, see:

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/24/reset-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-password/

    A.
     
  5. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This sounds like it will take care of my problem.

    However, what stops someone with nefarious intentions from using this to get into someone's Mac? This seems entirely too easy.
     
  6. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    You can set a firmware password to lock access to the recovery system. Don't forget that one! If you do, there's no way to reset it.
     
  7. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    If you have physical access to a computer, whether it be Mac or Windows, then you are in control of that computer. If you want to make it less easy you use encryption.

    A.
     
  8. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    You can do the firmware password but if you use Firevalult your hard drive is totally encrypted so it cannot be accessed without the password--or the recovery key that was generated when Firevault was turned on.
     
  9. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    What about Safe Mode?
     

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