When you first set up a new Mac, or when you do a clean installation of a new version of macOS, you create a user account, and that account is set, by default, to log in automatically at startup.
Convenient, right? Only if you’re working from home 24/7. If you use a laptop and travel for work, this can leave you at a a big risk. This automatic login means that anyone who finds your Mac only needs to start it up to have access to your files.
You can change this, and tell macOS to display a login screen on boot. There are two ways to do this.
- If you go to the Users & Groups pane of System Preferences, and click on Login Options, you’ll see a menu that lets you choose which user logs in automatically at startup, or you can choose Off from this menu to turn off automatic login.
- In the Security & Privacy preferences, again in System Preferences. If you click on the General tab, you’ll see an option to Disable Automatic Login.
This blog is meant to provide a starting point to implementing cyber security practices within your company. Due to the rapid progression of technology this is an ongoing and ever-evolving subject!