Stupid Simple Mac Tip #3 Disable Your Automatic Login

Stupid Simple Mac Tip #3 Disable Your Automatic Login

By Tom Lambotte | December 18, 2020

Your future self will thank you for this tip.

We know it’s easier to automatically login to your Mac every time you start it, but that makes it just as easy for thieves and hackers too if you were to misplace your laptop.

The odds are extremely low that, on your Mac, you have automatic login enabled, thanks to security improvements that Apple has made.

And, IF you followed the guidance, I provided in Stupid Simple Security Tip #2, and your Mac has encryption already turned on, then you are required to enter your password.

Let’s just take a minute and double-check to be certain.

Again, these Stupid Simple Security Tips only help you when you IMPLEMENT.

If you haven’t already, here’s how to disable your automatic login.

  1. Go to Apple Menu.
  2. Go to System Preferences.
  3. Click on Users and Groups.
  4. Click on Login Options
  5. Switch the automatic login feature to “off” for all users on your Mac. You can also set advanced settings like showing password hints.

Could it be any easier?

Make sure you pick a strong password (not your birthday!) and keep it somewhere safe in case you forget it.

Thanks for reading our series on Stupid Simple Security Tips for Mac users.

Keep reading our blog for even more helpful tips and tricks!

  • December 18, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.