Setting a Login Password for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6

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The purpose of passwords is a simple yet powerful one -- preventing unauthorized access to your computer. Setting login passwords is easy on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) -- simply follow the step-by-step instructions below to get up and running.

Getting Started

  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 log in to this computer and Allow guests to connect to shared folders.
  6. To save these changes, just close the Accounts window.

Tips and Advice

Now that you've set your password, you need to configure the general security settings to take full advantage of your system password.

You also want to be sure to turn on and properly configure the Mac OS X firewall.

And if you're new to Macs or looking for general Mac info, be sure to check out this guide to setting up your new Mac computer.