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Setting a Login Password for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6


Mac OS X Leopard
Apple Inc.
Passwords prevent unauthorized access to your computer. Setting login passwords is easy on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Just follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left portion of the screen and choose System Preferences.
  2. Under the System section, choose Accounts.
  3. Select Login Options.
  4. Using the drop down, change Automatic login to Disabled then select how you want the prompt to appear - as a list of users or a prompt for both name and password.
  5. Now click the Guest Account and uncheck the boxes that read Allow guests to login to this computer and Allow guests to connect to shared folders.
  6. To save these changes, just close the Accounts window.


  1. Now that you've set your password, you need to configure the general security settings to take full advantage of your system password. To do so, see How to Configure Password Security in Mac OS X.
  2. You also want to be sure to turn on and properly configure the Mac OS X firewall. To do so, see How to Configure the Firewall in Mac OS X.
  3. New to Macs or looking for general Mac info? Be sure to check out Tom Nelson's macs.about.com.
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