I rebooted my Mac yesterday after installing the Apple update TS4088. Even though I disabled Guest Logins in my Users Preferences and have enabled FileVault 2 since the start, I am able to see Guest Login which is showing the following notice

The computer will restart to a secure, safari only system for the guest user

Is there a way to disable the Guest user ? The whole drive is supposed to be encrypted ideally, but looks like there is a bug ?

Guest User Disable screenshot

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How to disable that “Guest User” from appearing at the OS X 10.7.2 login screen

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click on “Security & Privacy”
  • Click the lock in the lower corner and type in your administrative password to unlock the control panel
  • Check the box next to “Disable restarting to Safari when screen is locked”

This prevents the Guest User account from being visible at the login screen both during reboot and at the login screen. Again, it’s highly recommended to keep this enabled for security purposes, but if your Mac is locked down with a security cable or you don’t have any use for Find My Mac, you could disable this and not feel too bad about it.

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If you haven’t tried it yet, clicking on the Guest User account gives you this message:

This computer will restart to a secure, Safari-only system for the Guest user.

The reboot process is quick and opens directly to Safari, there is no access to anything else. No Finder, no preferences, nothing.

Source: osxdaily

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    It should be noted that this option is only seen if you have Find My Mac enabled. Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 13:45

This appears to be by design.

Keep in mind, the whole drive is still encrypted with File Vault. The 10.7.2 Guest/Safari-only User only has access to / runs off the Recovery partition, not the main volume where your user data and applications are stored.

If someone does login to the Guest User, they have no access to the system partition, and as a bonus, the Mac is findable via Find-My-Mac.

  • This informations is the key: "The guest runs off the recovery partition". Which is the only option because you have no password to run off the main volume.
    – gentmatt
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 10:33

This a common issue, specially with the latest version of OS X like 10.11. The issue you guys are facing is mostly caused by settings new Macs with "Find My Mac" and File Vault enabled at the first boot.

You can remove the guest account by:

  1. Disable "Find My Mac" at System Preferences > iCloud > Find My Mac
  2. Disable the guest account at System Preferences > Users > Guest User

However it might not be enough!! File Vault login screen is not part of the system - it's built right on the EFI. When you setup a new computer / change users accounts the OS actually notifies the EFI of changes and apparently there might be a but where disabling the guest user won't make the system notify the EFI.

After some thought, I came up with a solution to force the EFI login screen update:

  1. Make sure "Find My Mac" and the Guest User are disabled and reboot (if the problem persists continue);
  2. Check if "System Integrity Protection" (rootless) is enabled: Run csrutil status at the Terminal App and if it says "System Integrity Protection status: enabled." (if it says disabled, only do 2.4 and 2.7):

    2.1. Reboot your computer in "Recovery Mode": Shutdown and hold Command + R right after pressing the power button;

    2.2. Go into "Utilities > Terminal" and run the command: csrutil disable;

    2.3. Reboot the computer;

    2.4. After login open the Terminal app and run: sudo touch /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/EFILogin.framework/Resources/EFIResourceBuilder.bundle/Contents/Resources this will force the EFI login update;

    2.5. Reboot your computer (again) in "Recovery Mode": Shutdown and hold Command + R right after pressing the power button;

    2.6. Go into "Utilities > Terminal" and run the command: csrutil enable;

    2.7. Reboot the computer.

Your problem should be fixed, I used this fix on two different machines and it seems to work perfectly. Enjoy. ;)


With 10.7.2 iCloud is installed. If you set it up, if I remember correctly, Find My Mac is enabled by default. Regardless of your options in Users & Groups the Guest User will show up.

To remove the guest User go to iCloud preference pane and turn off Find My Mac. enter image description here

  • -1 for recommending disabling Find My Mac completely. That actually lessens security. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 0:02
  • I understand that having this option enabled may lead to the recovery of a stolen computer. Although once another person has physical access to the computer the only thing that offers any real security is FileVault. Find My Mac can also be easily disabled. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 15:03

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