New to MacOS, have a security question

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by darksithpro, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016
    So, I got my first Mac, always been a PC guy. Long story short I messed up my user settings and was unable to gain administrator "root" to change some things. Anyways after researching I found out I could boot into Single user "superuser/root" by holding down Comand+S during boot, which gave me root access from the command line. From there all I did was type in "resetpassword" and was able to change without imputing the old password. My question is why even create a password in the first place if it's so easy to change? Maybe it makes sense to you guys, but coming from the PC platform it's kinda head scratching.
  2. tsang2320 macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2014
  3. darksithpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016

    Just curious and nitpicking. Why call it firmware password, firmware to me means upgrading the bios of motherboards and video cards PCB? isn't this just equivalent to the "bios" password for the motherboard? Why not just call it a bios password?

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