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Questions tagged [login]

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

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How to auto connect to VPN upon login/boot?

So far, I've been using the build-in VPN tool of Lion. I would like to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the internet. Is it possible to auto connect my VPN whenever I'm connected to the ...
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macOS Sierra Internet Accounts Google login stuck

I am trying to add a Google account using System Preferences > Internet Accounts. I already tried the following. able to reproduce this in 10.12.3 and 10.12.2. disabled OTP, same issue able to ...
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Can't login with Google using Internet Accounts

I configured my Google account on El Capitan (OS X 10.11.2) using Internet Accounts and it worked fine for a while. However, after a restart the system asked again for the password and 2-factor ...
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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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Can I assign a keyboard shortcut to bring up the Mac OS X Login Window?

I’d like to assign an “Every Application” keyboard shortcut to bring up the login window, for when I step away from my computer. Is there a way to do this? (Lion-only methods are fine.)
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iMac is stuck in a login loop

My iMac is stuck in a login bootloop. After entering the password, I see a white screen for a second and then I am thrown back to the login screen again. I tried the same in safe mode, and it behaves ...
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iMac login screen only half displayed

When I booted up my iMac yesterday, I was confused to find my login field had seemingly moved upwards, so that only the bottom half was showing. The lower half of the screen was just black. Is this a ...
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Make a custom keyboard layout the system default — even for the login screen

Can I make a custom keyboard layout (one that wasn’t included with OS X by default) the system default — even for the login screen?
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How is Adobe Update Notifier auto launched on Mac OS X?

It seems the Adobe Update Notifier sometime autolaunches on startup, however I cannot find where it's launched from. I've checked in Lingon as well as my login startup items but it's not there. Any ...
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User account doesn't appear on first login screen

After restarting my computer when I am presented with the initial login screen (the light gray one with the restart and shut down buttons), I see only two of my three user accounts. If I log in with ...
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Can't login in Mac App Store or iCloud - login loading forever

After updating to latest developer release for OS X El Capitan, I can't login in Mac App Store or OS X iCloud settings. If I try incorrect password, a message is shown that the password is not correct....
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List failed login attempts on Mavericks

I want to see if somebody has tried to log in on my computer, which is running Mavericks. I am primarily interested in tracking ssh log in attempts, as well as tracking people physically typing ...
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How do I see all my failed login attempts (macOS High Sierra)

I've tried the following commands: syslog -F raw -k Facility com.apple.system.lastlog | grep <my_username> cat /var/log/asl.log (DOES NOT WORK ON HighSierra) who Thanks to Scot, the following ...
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Mac asking for multiple “login” keychain app passwords but won't accept them

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro. My husband reset the password for iCloud and iTunes and now I cannot get access to my computer. I can put in the password at login then nothing but a black screen with ...
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macOS Sierra slow to accept password at login

In the last 2 days, I have found it difficult to login when I start up my mac pro retina. When I try to type in my password, I either have to retype the same letters multiple times or press the same ...
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How to get rid of the “Other…”-Account on the login screen?

Suddenly my MBP shows an "Other..."-Account on the login screen. I searched for a solution to get rid of it and found a couple of answers that say I have somehow activated/enabled the root user. All I ...
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Login - Screen Flashes and Returns to Login Screen - Tried Everything Possible

I have an absurd issue which pretty much nothing seems to be able to fix - I have a 2011 Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I try logging into my main account with the correct password, the wheel ...
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iMac not logging probably due to keychains problem

iMac OS X Lion. I have 2 accounts with password. On the first account, I was messing up the keychains thing. If I recall correctly, I think I deleted all private keys I had and added exported keys ...
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How do I temporarily disable applications from starting up at login?

Is there any way to temporarily disable applications from starting up at login? I'm referring to both Lion apps that are started due to the resume/reopen feature, and also to applications set to ...
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How to hack into a deceased person's Mac that is still running?

This is kind of an unusual question: a (non-technical) friend of mine (quite literally) on the other side of the world finds herself in the following situation: A person died unexpectedly, their Mac ...
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Apps retaining data after being deleted

I had the Facebook and Instagram apps installed on my iPhone (latest iOS). I deleted both apps and checked that there was no data from either app stored on iCloud (I went to Settings - iCloud - Manage ...
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FTP sites open in Finder instead of in Safari

I cannot log into FTP sites on my iMac (Intel Core i5, 2.8GHz, running OS X 10.6.7). I probably created the problem when I installed Firefox and it took over as the default browser. I changed the ...
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How to store SSH Credentials in Terminal

I am new to the MacBook and I am running El Capitan. I'm migrating my machine usage from a PC to a MacBook. I am long time user of PuTTY and SuperPuTTY on a PC. I want to create and save login ...
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How to stop MacBook Pro (Retina) from freezing/locking at the login/authentication dialogue, after wake?

Steps to reproduce: Be doing anything Close the lid of the computer Wait around for a while Open the lid of the computer Login prompt for last logged in user appears, battery and time MAY update, but ...
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List of all dates+times when I used my MacBook?

I need a list of the periods of times I used my MacBook throughout the last 30 days. It would be sufficient to have a list of all lid-open and lid-close datetimes (because I close the lid whenever I ...
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How can I customize the Lion login screen to remove the vignette effect?

Just upgraded to Lion, but the new login screen needs some colour. I found someone online who posted the address of the image that's in the background, so I went and replaced that. Only, after ...
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After logging into OSX all I see is a black screen

I am currently having an issue with my mac. Turn on the mac The apple logo appears followed by the login screen. There are 2 logins, one is a guest login and the other is my login. When I choose ...
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Does activating auto-login compromise secure password storage?

or: Does enabling auto-login in OS X add any additional security risks? How does this auto-login work? I'm not a security expert, but I imagine that such a procedure would require the password to be ...
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characters in login screen replaced by question marks

My log-in screen appears with question marks instead of the usual text. (See screen shot - I have removed my log-in name from the picture). I am using MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 on a MacBook Pro (early ...
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Disabling startup items that run on their own

I've found a couple apps that seem to be able to launch themselves on startup, despite that they don't appear in the usual places... - Login Items (in the Users preference pane) - /Library/...
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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Where do I find the logs for OS X authentication attempts?

I'm on a personal computer, with Lion running and only a single user account on the computer. Is there a log file for authentication attempts (both for login attempts and password protected ...
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Where can I find the gray linen texture that's used as the Lion login screen background?

My company just updated to Lion, and I really like the gray linen texture that's used as the initial login screen background. I'd like to use it for my desktop background, but it's not one of the ...
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What does “[Update Needed]” mean when attempting to boot from an encrypted backup?

When I attempt to boot from an external drive that is an encrypted SuperDuper! mirror of my internal hard drive, I get a login screen that's missing my account an instead has an account called "[...
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Some keyboard keys are not working on login to Yosemite

The problem is that every time I start my MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011, some of the (native) keyboard keys stop working. However, if I click a restart button - it is all fine. It is definitely not a ...
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Using AppleScript to open an application without the app stealing focus

I use iA Writer enough that I would like it to open in fullscreen on login, but unfortunately the developers have disdain for preferences. I decided to write an AppleScript that I could add to the ...
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Very long login times in Mac OS X

I am experiencing an issue with OS X 10.8.3, where it takes a very long time to login. It seems like it has something to do with which network I am connected to. Explanation of the issue: I get home ...
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Run my Mac command “chsh -s /usr/local/bin/false” and can't log in to my account again

I really messed up! Since I ran my Mac with the command below chsh -s /usr/local/bin/false Several minutes later, I noticed my Mac logged out by itself. So, I tried to log back in by clicking '...
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How can I show the login window after a period of inactivity?

How can I make my Mac display the login screen (as though I'd selected "Login window" from the fast user switching menu) after the session has been idle for a certain time? I can make it log out ...
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no admin account OSX 10.13.5 [duplicate]

I have a macbook pro 2011 with high sierra 10.13.5 Today i tried renaming my admin account in the system preference / users. I couldn't rename the account, and i have lost the admin rights. Now i ...
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Stuck at login in App Store

I've upgraded to El Capitain and since then I can't login to the App Store. The App Store prompts me for my login details and once I try to sign in, it just shows a spinner for ever. I have to ...
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Can FileVault show the login window as 'name and password', not 'list of users'?

Normally, Mac OS X lets you choose to show the login screen as a list of users (you click to enter the password), or two text fields (you enter the username and password): But, I use FileVault 2. So, ...
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How can I make an AppleScript activate upon logging in?

Is it possible to force an AppleScript to activate when I log in?
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MacBook Pro now asking to login with password, but can't do this via built-in keyboard

I have read a number of threads including this one How can I reset the PRAM if Recovery Mode keeps overriding the PRAM command? Where Adriano says "PRAM reset is not working because you turn on ...
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No user to login in MacOS High Sierra

I installed macOS High Sierra updating to APFS and everything was working correctly. After a couple of days I shut down and went off. I just came back and when I boot there are no users to login as ...
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How to log login and logout on Mavericks?

I would like to know when I logged in and out on my mac. Is it possible?
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Logging onto Yosemite with FileVault enabled with no username displayed?

When I log onto my Mac with FileVault enabled, I am prompted for the user/pass prior to the OS loading, as my boot drive is encrypted. The problem I have is that, counter-intuitively, it always shows ...
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Login loop after OS X 10.8 update (WindowServer problem?)

The problem I upgraded my macpro recently from OS X 10.6 to 10.8. Now (couple of weeks later) I ran an small update for OS X 10.8, and something not so funny happened. The updater asked me to reboot ...
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Safari 7.0.4 doesn't remember my login status. “Remember me” not working (OS X 10.9.3)

The problem is that I must press "log in"/"sign in" button on most web-services again and again per day. All login/passwords are stored successfuly but the feature which is often called "remember me" ...
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After enabling two-factor authentication, I no longer have the option to use my iCloud password to log in

I enabled two-factor authentication (the new one available in iOS 9, OS X 10.11, etc., not the old two-step verification) for my Apple ID. After doing so, my MBP prompted me to change my password ...