How to Ensure You Have Exclusive Control On Your MacBook Login
Intro to MacBook Login Control
Many times, company representatives have reached out to us because of MacBook login issues. As a result, they seek assistance in unlocking Mac devices left locked by departing employees. Unlocking older Mac devices is a quick and easy job nevertheless unlocking newer Macs is costly due to Apple’s advanced T2 security chip.
What is Apple T2 Security Chip
The Apple T2 chip adds several features to Macs, including encrypted storage, secure boot, improved image processing and thus enhanced Touch ID security. It significantly improves MacBook security, ensuring data encryption and protection.
Due to these advanced security measures, hacking a password-protected Mac is nearly impossible. If an employee leaves without providing the password hence erasing and formatting the Mac becomes challenging. You’ll need the user password to unlock the boot option and the Apple ID and password to disable the Find My Mac and other reset options.
Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip
Current Mac models with T2 Security Chip:
To check if your Mac has the Apple T2 Security Chip, follow these steps:
Press and hold the Option key. Press the Apple logo > “System Information. In the sidebar, select either Controller or iBridge depending on your macOS version. If you find the Apple T2 chip listed here subsequently your Mac is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip.
How to Set Up MacBook Login User Authority Level
1️⃣ Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.”
2️⃣ Click on “Users & Groups”: In the System Preferences window, click on “Users & Groups” to access the user account settings.
3️⃣ Click the lock icon: Click on the lock icon in the bottom left corner of the window to make changes to the user accounts.
4️⃣ Enter your admin password: Enter your admin password when prompted to unlock the settings.
5️⃣ Add a new user: Click on the “+” button in the bottom left corner of the window to add a new user account.
6️⃣ Choose the account type: Choose the account type you want to create, either “Administrator” or “Standard.”
7️⃣ Enter the user’s information: Enter the user’s name, account name, password and password hint.
8️⃣ Set the user’s authority level: Choose the user’s authority level by selecting “Administrator” or “Standard” from the dropdown menu.
9️⃣ Save changes: Click on the “Create User” button to save the changes.
Difference between MacBook Login Authority Level
The primary distinction between Admin and Standard users is their level of access and control over the Mac system and that specific Mac computer. Admin users possess more authority and can enact changes that influence the entire system, whereas Standard users have restricted access and can only make changes that pertain to their individual accounts.
It is advisable to designate the company Person In Charge or your company’s IT department (PIC) as the Admin, while the employee should be assigned the Standard user role. This is because Admins can always override Standard users, whereas Standard users cannot access, read, delete or modify anything in the Admin account.
If you are in charge and wish to delete or reset everything on a Mac, you can follow our guide here.
Conclusion to MacBook Login Control
In addition to the Person In Charge of the company needing to be the Admin user, another crucial aspect is that the Find My Mac email address (Apple ID) should be under the control of the PIC as well. We will dive deeper into the incredible Find My Mac feature, which can prove really helpful if anyone accidentally loses or misplaces any of their Apple devices.
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