Firmware Password: Secure Your Mac
A Firmware Password can be used to increase the security of your Mac especially if your Mac is used by many people; to make sure that your device starts up from the assigned start-up device and not any other storage device. Furthermore, using this password ensures that your device cannot be boot with an external bootable CD/DVD or a USB.
In this piece, we will give you a step by step tutorial on how to enable a firmware password. However, users should remember that they cannot reset the password without knowing the existing password. If you forget the password you will have to contact an Apple Retail store.
All models that support Firmware Passwords are mentioned below:
- MacBook Air (all late 2010 and later models)
- MacBook Pro (all early 2011 and later models)
- All models of MacBook Pro with Retina display
- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, all Early 2015 models)
- iMac (all Mid 2011 and later models)
- Mac mini (all Mid 2011 and later models)
- Mac Pro (all Late 2013 models)
- To enable the password, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Turn on your Mac, or if your Mac is already turned on choose restart from the menu.
Step 2: Once your computer starts; wait till you hear the start-up tone and then press the Command (⌘)-R keys till the Apple logo appears before you.
Step 3: After a few minutes the OS X utilities screen will appear before you. Do not click on any of the options here, instead, from the Utilities menu click on “Firmware Password Utility”.
Step 4: In the Firmware Utility window click on “Turn on Firmware Password”.
Step 5: Now you can type in the password you want to keep, retype the password in the verify field.
Step 6: Once you have written the password click on Set Password.
Step 7: Now, exit from the utilities by clicking on Quit Firmware Utility.
Step 8: Now, restart your Mac.
Now the password will be enabled.
Follow the same procedure to turn off or change the Firmware password. Instead of choosing Turn on Firmware Password in step 05 Choose Turn off Firmware Password or the Change Password option to turn off or change the password, respectively.
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