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The process of identifying and/or authenticating a user to grant access to a computer, server, or website.

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Why a new M1 brand new Mac takes so long to start after login?

I have no application starting or loading anything when the mac starts. I start my mac, see the login window, type my password and after that it takes a long time to login. I guess 2 to 4 minutes to ...
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Keychain problems following Recovery Mode

On macOS Sierra (10.12.6). Last week, an installed application (XAMPP) tried to access my keychain upon launch (which it always does), but (for reasons still unknown) the correct password was rejected....
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Where Does macOS Store Resume Data?

Short version is that I am wondering where macOS stores the list of open applications when a user logs out, such that they can be restored when the user logs back in (as part of macOS' Resume feature)?...
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Wanted: Progress bar for login (not startup)

Once I reach the login screen and have entered my password, I wait. And wait. The desktop icons appear, the dock appears, the clock appears in the menubar. Okay - now I can open...oh, oh, wait...the ...
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How to stop auto opening of apps?

I built and ran a graphics program that triggers a driver bug that hard freezes my M1 Max computer. Running Monterey 12.2.1. When it comes back, upon login, Xcode opens and immediately runs the ...
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Revert Home directory location with CLI after changing with system preferences by

My late 2019 iMac was running out of disk space and since all the upgrade kits seem to be out of stock (and the upgrade process difficult) I decided to try moving my home directory to an external ...
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Prevent Facebook from hijacking GoodReads login on Safari desktop (Monterey)

When I visit https://www.goodreads.com (MacBook Pro 13" M1) and click on "Sign Up with Email", it takes me to the sign up page (https://www.goodreads.com/user/sign_up?email_signup=true)....
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Is it possible to temporarily prevent a user account from logging in?

I'm trying to setup a system with individually encrypted user home folders, i.e- each user has their own encrypted volume containing their home folder. The problem is, if I login as a user when that ...
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No user account at login screen (Apple silicon)

I have a recent Apple silicon Macbook Pro running Monterey. After a reboot, my user name vanished from the login screen. I am the only user, so there is apparently no way to login. By holding the ...
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Safari loosing login information after some time

I am running Safari 15.2 on the latest version of MacOS Monterey (12.1). I have noticed lately that Safari is more and more aggressively deleting cookies and thus requiring me to login again into ...
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Yubikey stops TouchID from working

I use a Yubikey Nano (USB-C) and it allows me to 2FA very conveniently. When I plugged it in, my macOS gave me the option to pair it with my login account and use it as a way of logging in as well. I ...
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How to turn on Touch ID + Automatic Login with macOS on MacBook Pro with Touch ID key?

I would like to find a way to change a preference option from the shell or another way to force macOS 12 (Monterey)+ to allow one to use BOTH the Touch ID functionality along with automatic login for ...
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How do I select the Apple ID to use for Sign in With Apple?

On iOS I need to sign in to a third party account using Sign in With Apple, but do not want to use the Apple ID I use on that device for iCloud. Instead I would like to use the Apple ID I use there ...
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Can system interact with internet without being logged in?

Can system interact with internet without being logged in? When user starts the system and login page appears, it seems to automatically connect to the WiFi. Now, can system interact with internet (...
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youtube on safari doesn't auto sign in

I'm signed into my google account on safari, and things like gmail work fine. However, every time I go to youtube, it appears signed out, and when I click "sign in", it signs in without ...
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How to make my user login image different than my Apple ID image on my macbook?

I have a Macbook Air which is connected to the same Apple ID as my phone. There is only one user on my computer so it's an admin account. When I want to change the user login image, it automatically ...
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Spinning gray wheel in mac internet accounts when adding or modifying google logins

I was getting the spinning gray wheel hang when adding or modifying google accounts when Google Chrome was set as my default browser
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MacOS 10.14 Mojave login hangs with black screen and progress bar after password is accepted

After upgrading to 10.14 (Big Sur), on my Macbook Pro (2017) I select my account icon and enter my password, and it starts to log me in. After a few seconds, though, it goes to a black screen with ...
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Mac OS Account on an External Disk?

I need a Mac that is often offline for confidentiality. Is it possible to store an Admin or General User account on an external disk which I could only login to when plugged in? In my instance it's ...
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Monterey 12.0.1 login window has corrupt background image

I have a new M1 Max MacBook Pro. I turned on FileVault after migrating from an existing Big Sur install, and now the background image for the login window shows a weird version of the Red Chrome ...
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Change the login screen background with FileVault enabled on macOs Monterey at first launch

I can change the login screen background on Monterey macOS version when FileVault is turned off and it works, but when I turn on FileVault the login screen changes again at the first launch. When I ...
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Catalina login problems,

Mac mini 2012 running OS Catalina, 10.15.7. Has 16 GB RAM, and two 500 GB SSD drives installed. Connected to the LAN/internet by Ethernet and by WiFi. Principally used as a file server on my LAN and ...
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Hangs at error when using online startup internet diagnostics

My max book does not start up. I used command + R to lack diagnostics which opens internet diagnostics. After connecting wi-fi it shows the earth and then after a while it shows a message apple.com/...
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Auto connect VPN in Cisco AnyConnect on MacOS Big Sur

I would like to connect automatically after I logon in my computer. For that I need some form to pass my user and password to Cisco Anyconnect. I tried to use the -s option in /opt/cisco/anyconnect/...
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How to find system log entry from right after login (Big Sur stalls for specific user)

I run macOS Big Sur 11.6 on an iMac i9 from 2019. If I login after shutdown or restart as a specific user, the Finder beachballs and does not respond to anything besides moving a window for about two ...
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How to enable Accessibility Keyboard for login screen from recovery mode

My macbook's (running Catalina) internal keyboard is misbehaving after a water spill. It thinks the ctrl key is pressed. With an external usb keyboard i am able to get to the recovery mode, enter ...
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Does MacOS 11.5.2 log mains failures?

If a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) has its charger plugged in and the mains power goes off and back on, is that recorded in any log? Maybe something monitoring that USB port? (Nothing in console has &...
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user is not displayed on login screen after changing its UID

I've changed my user's UID from 501 to 1000. Now on macOS startup, on login screen, I don't see my user icon; Instead there is "Other" icon asking for username and password. How to get back ...
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How do I get an SSH server to start before login on Big Sur?

On High Sierra, I used to be able to SSH into my computer before user login, and now it appears that I cannot on Big Sur. Based on the way that the machine boots, it seems like most of the startup ...
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Mac Keyboard Light at Login

I have a 2017 MacBook Pro running Big Sur. I travel a lot (pre-covid) and when I'm on a flight and it is dark it is really hard to type in my password at login because the keyboard isn't lit. Is there ...
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How do I delete files on user login?

I'm trying to set up a custom user that deletes files and folders in the home directories (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Movies and Pictures) when a user logs in/logs out, similar to how the ...
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How Do I Create a Custom Guest User?

I have a mac that will be used by myself (admin) and a few other people (second account). I don't want data to persist between logins on this second account, similar to how the Guest Account works. ...
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How do I run a sudo command at login/logout on macOS

I'm trying to run a command at login/logout which requires sudo. I've read about LaunchDaemon and LaunchAgent but as I understand it, LaunchDaemon will run the command at startup with root permissions,...
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MacBook sky-blue screen login

I have a E2008 black MacBook 4.1 (core2duo, GMA x3100) When I boot osx 10.6 or 10.7 it will show a light blue screen at Login (as if the display was a second monitor). It's possible to go further by ...
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In MacBook Terminal login history, does console mean that someone physically logged into my MacBook? [closed]

In terminal, I used the last command and got the following: Paul console Tue May 11 15:46 - 15:49 (00:03) paul console Tue May 11 09:17 - 09:18 (00:01) I wasn’...
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Prohibitory Symbol after Login [iMac Pro, Catalina]

after a clean install of catalina I have this weird problem that my mac shows the prohibitory symbol after I enter my password. However, if I enter it fast enough it will continue startup as normal. I ...
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Trying to login to Pokémon Go with Google and I get a Error 403 code?

I set up a Pokémon Go account for my 5 year old on an old iPhone and we've been using a hotspot so he can play. I also made him his own kids email account and Google account. A few days ago the app ...
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Login to mac os user account using apple script from Login window

I have a button on my mac login window which is presented using my daemon application. when I click on that button the login should happen using the user account credentials (user name, password) ...
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Stuck on login for one user after migration assistant

I recently got my MacBook Air 2018 fixed after having some cryptographic error. I backed up all my data with time machine and I was able to transfer my data using migration assistant. I now have 3 ...
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Login Screen Stuck after Big Sur update [duplicate]

I have a 2018 macbook pro which was running High Sierra. I upgraded it to Catalina and then transferred all my files from my old computer to my new one using Migration Assistant with a Time Machine ...
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Macbook Pro 2015: Cursor/screen freezes after login, runs only in safe mode

my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) Big Sur 11.2.2 freezes regularly after login. I can only run it in safe mode. I had the problem before the update to Big Sur, I updated it hoping it would ...
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Change login info in Screen Sharing recents list

Running Big Sur 11.2.1 on my laptop, I have a Mac Mini I connect to via Screen Sharing -- it is in the Recents list. However, the Mini's login changed, and I can't update it: Changing it when ...
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How to resolve OneDrive connection issues?

I have been having trouble with OneDrive on MBA M1 with macOS Big Sur v11.2.1 (even with the version of macOS MBA was shipped to me). I have to login in again and again to make it work. It will ...
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Quick way to exit terminal login attempt

Bash login will usually give three attempts before giving back the prompt. Sometimes it will give many more - like today which were infinite. Using control-c didn't abort that process it just entered ...
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Screen bug after startup - BigSur 11.1

This issue is only happening at startup (right after I put the password); it does not happen if the Mac was sleeping. My hardware/software: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) running macOS Big ...
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Location of historical 'last' command data (wtmp)

I can run last myusername and it will show all login information myusername console Fri Feb 5 09:06 still logged in myusername console Thu Feb 4 17:55 - 18:...
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SecurtiyAgent process offload work to SecurityAgentHelper

Projects like Nomad-login (or nowadays Jamf-connect) use to modify the mechanism list in system.login.console authorizationRight. I see that non-privileged mechanisms runs by SecurityAgent process, ...
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Login screen will not show list of users

After I upgraded from Catalina to Big Sur 11.2 on a 2019 iMac, the login screen no longer displays my username but instead the Username and Password prompts. I have List of users selected in Users &...
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Change the default keyboard input when logging into macOS Big Sur

Since upgrading to Big Sur, my default keyboard input during the login screen is always 'U.S.'. I need to manually switch it to 'French'. Is there a way for me to set 'French' as defaut? In fact, I do ...
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Simulate user login using command-line utilities

Sometimes, I need to create a login session (create windowserver instance, run login items / launchagents) of an admin user, because a lot of software cannot be run under root (but can be run as ...
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