I was prompted by macOS for admin confirmation.

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I typed my password into the username field and pressed enter.

What's the extent of the risk this may cause me?

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    macOS is not Windows where you can log in as an Administrator and then never have to re-authenticate for system level changes. The prompts for an admin password are standard fare and will vary as to whether or not they have pre-filled the username depending on a variety of conditions that defy understanding, IMHO... Sep 9 at 13:05
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    We can’t really guess what was on your screen. Why not just change your password if you didn’t get enough information on what software asked for it? I see 4 questions here so an edit to make this more clear might help with reopen votes.
    – bmike
    Sep 9 at 13:24
  • @bmike there are two questions: am i at risk because of typing my password into the username field, and is there a way to never have to risk this happening again Sep 9 at 14:05
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    I think this question is quite clear so not sure why the downvotes. Does macOS log the user name that tried to authenticate (in this case typing the password)? Afaik linux does, Windows doesn't and idk what macOS does. If it logs the user name you need to change your password.
    – lx07
    Sep 9 at 17:01
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    The votes likely reflect the initial version of the post, @lx07 and should correct over a week based on answering and traffic
    – bmike
    Sep 9 at 17:44

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