Power on password

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by KiDrOck80, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. KiDrOck80 macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2003
    Syracuse, NY
    is there a way i can make it so when i start my computer..it goes to a screen and makes u put in a password??? im @ college and i want a way i can log out and make it so other ppl cant play around with my computer
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Turn off automatic login in the System Preferences.
  3. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    Go to System Prefs -Accounts, then choose password protection. You can choose whether you want to see icons for users or a lsit of names. Then, when you power up or want to put up the login screen when you leave it'll be there.
  4. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Or, you could really secure it (and piss yourself off in the process :p) and go into Open Firmware (type 'cmd option O F' during bootup) and type:
    setenv security-mode full
    Then reboot. It'll ask you your password every time you hit the On button :p
  5. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    The Open Firmware password is a nice idea if you want to go beyond just securing your login screen. It will prevent people from booting off of CDs or other external drives without a password.

    Just make sure you remember it, or you're screwed.

    More info.

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