Secure log on...

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by fisherking, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. fisherking macrumors 603

    fisherking

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    #1
    anyone with a mac dvd, or anyone who knows 'command-R' can get into a mac, and change the password...and access that computer.

    up thru 10.7, i used a firmware password on my macs. if you booted up without holding the Option key...you'd get a flashing question mark. this no longer works on my new mac, in ML.

    is there a 10.8 equivalent to a firmware password? i miss that extra security...
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Do a command-r boot to recovery and in the utility menu you will see the option to set an EFI boot password like you want.
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    If someone has physical access to your machine you're pretty much screwed.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Not so much. If you enable Filevault2 with an EFI password, I have yet to see anybody show how they would get past that.
     
  5. fisherking thread starter macrumors 603

    fisherking

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    it's still listed as a firmware password. but i get it...if someone DOES try to boot from a dvd, or command-R...they STILL need a password to get in.

    different from my previous os x experience, but useful. thanx!
     

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