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12. Accounts, Firewalls, and Security > Signing In, Logging Out

Signing In, Logging Out

Once somebody has set up your account, here’s what it’s like getting into, and out of, a Mac OS X machine. (For the purposes of this discussion, “you” are no longer the administrator—you’re one of the students, employees, or family members for whom an account has been set up.)

Don’t Panic: The Case of the Forgotten Password

Help—I forgot my password! And I never told it to anybody, so even the administrator can’t help me!

No problem. Your administrator can simply open up System Preferences, click Accounts, click the name of the person who forgot the password, and then click Reset Password to re-establish the password.

But you don’t understand. I am the administrator! And I’m the only account!

Aha—that’s a different story. All right, no big deal. At the login screen, type a gibberish password three times. On the last attempt, the Mac will offer you the chance to reset the password. All you have to do is type in your master password (Figure 12-17) to prove your credentials.


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