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A code, key, or string of text required to gain access to a particular service or resource.

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How can I get admin access to a Mac without knowing the current password?

My Father died last year and I inherited his Mac Mini. My wife has retired and we are trying to set up the mini for her use but the changes we want to make require admin access and we do not have the ...
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Is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?

I've previously connected to a wifi network on my iPhone but I've no way of finding out the password. So is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?
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sudo: /etc/sudoers is owned by uid 501, should be 0

To run programs as sudo without password, I edited /etc/sudoers with wrong content. Then I re-edited it with Mac's default text editor(course sudo cannot be used when /etc/sudoers is wrong). I ...
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I forgot the passcode for my iPad restrictions. How can I disable them?

I added restrictions to my iPad and I forgot the passcode for them, now what? Is there a way to remove it without resetting the device?
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How can I reset a Mac's password from Single User Mode? [duplicate]

My sister bought a used MacBook about 6 months ago and she has lost her password. Here is the procedure I tried to use to reset the password: Boot into single user mode (press Command-S at power on) ...
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iOS: Your passcode is required to enable Touch ID

Occasionally, when unlocking my iPhone or iPad, I get the following message: Your passcode is required to enable Touch ID Now this is not after a number of failed attempts or turning the device ...
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How do I delete or fix my Keychain after changing my password?

How do I reset my main keychain and completely delete the old one? I changed my password and its been coming up with all of these popups asking for my new password when I first login. If anyone can ...
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What type of hash are a Mac's password stored in?

On OS X 10.11 - I have opened up my user's .plist file, and have looked inside of the file. I did this with the following command: sudo defaults read /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/<username&...
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iPhone asks for Mac password (or Mac asks for iOS password)

During iPhone update to iOS 10.3.1, I was asked for my password using the correct machine name for my Mac mini. To be clear, the request was not for my iCloud password, my actual local user account ...
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How to stop my machine asking for multiple passwords when I log in?

Ever since I changed my user account password, every time I log in to my machine I have to enter multiple passwords. First, I enter the new account password to actually log in. Once I'm at my desktop ...
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Macbook Pro stuck after I enter my password

For last 2 days I am not able to login to my MacBook Pro. It was working fine and suddenly for no reason after I last shutdown my mac I am not able to login. The mac starts up fine and goes to the ...
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How do I unlock my iTunes account when my old e-mail is unavailable?

When I originally set up my iTunes account, I used an email address from my prior employer. I later moved my account to a personal rather than corporate email address and I have since changed jobs. ...
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OS X 10.9: where are password hashes stored

I think on previous versions of OS X, password were stored in the /etc/shadow file. Nevertheless, this file doesn't appear to exist in the later versions of the operating system - specifically OS X ...
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OS X is repeatedly asking for login keychain password

I know this has been asked here several times, but I already checked the other discussions and tried their suggestions, but without success. Is there anything I can do instead of re-installing the ...
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Ability to add non-SMS non-Apple 2FA to an Apple ID?

I would like to add non-SMS, non-Apple multi-factor authentication to my Apple ID. Specifically the "code generator"-type Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) based on RFC 6238 implemented ...
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Password dialog appears when SSH private key permissions are set to 0600

I installed my SSH private key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa and set its permissions to 0600. When I connect to an SSH server which uses my private key in Terminal.app via ssh, a dialog pops up and asks me to ...
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Bypassing dead relatives Apple ID?

My Auntie died unexpectedly without leaving her icloud information (pretty standard!) I've restored her ipad as I thought it would reset her passcode as I couldn't guess it but now it's asking for ...
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How can I give an app permanent permission so it doesn't ask for my password every time?

I am using an application called Hostbuddy to manage entries in my hosts file. It works great, the only problem is that is asks for my password every time I use it, which adds up to a lot of ...
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How can we unlock an iPhone backup file if we don't know the password?

I've got a rather peculiar problem. My wife's iPhone got stolen and we bought a new one from the insurance money. When trying to restore the backup file to her new phone, iTunes asks for the password: ...
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macOS Sierra doesn’t seem to remember SSH keys between reboots

I have to run this command since upgrading to macOS: ssh-add -K Corrects the problem after the reboot but I have to run this command every time I log on to my computer. If I do not run the command ...
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Sync Chrome passwords with Apple iCloud Keychain

Is there a tool or a process where I can export/sync my Google Chrome saved passwords into iCloud Keychain?
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App Store asks me for a password, but won't let me change the Apple ID

I'm taking over someone elses job and am using the computer he was using. In the App Store there are some apps that ask me to enter a password and have an Apple Id already filled in but won't let me ...
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Keychain says “Access to this item is restricted” after upgrading to Lion

I recently upgraded to Lion and since then I haven't been able to use Keychain to look at my stored passwords. When I click on the checkbox to show them it prompts me for my master password, then ...
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View passwords of all Wi-Fi networks my Mac has connected to in the past

I have connected my Mac to lots of public Wi-Fi networks. I want to know their passwords. What should be the terminal command to list all the Wi-Fi networks whom I connected with in the past with ...
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How to recover from a forgotten password for MacBook Pro?

I've forgotten the password for my MacBook Pro, which uses OS X 10.9.1. How can I reset my password?
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How to decrypt the system keychain from another mac at the command line

I just ran into a situation where a user with a Mac that had been hard broken by an interrupted update needed into their Time Machine backup outside of the normal recovery process. Unfortunately, they'...
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Export iCloud items from Keychain to CSV

I want to export all my accounts login/password from Keychain. But you have many categories like : login, iCloud, System... in the Keychain menu. In fact I want to export them to 1Password, so I ...
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Terminal won't ask for passphrase and not stored in keychain

I recently rent a VPS and generated a public/private key pair and transferred it to my server (added it there to the authorized_keys file) ... So far on my first login via terminal on OSX I got asked ...
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How do Apple engineers reset EFI password on new MacBooks?

Apple state: Only Apple retail stores or Apple Authorized Service Providers can unlock these computers protected by a firmware password. If you cannot remember the firmware password for your ...
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Forgotten iOS Restrictions Password/Passcode

My dad put restrictions on my phone. He put it for many things that he didn't even know about. For example, downloading and deleting apps and Safari. So now that I want to do different things on my ...
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I forgot my local backup password to unlock the iPhone backup file

I just received my new iPhone from Apple after I had my old one changed due to it being a rather bad specimen. Now I'm occurring a rather irritating problem, as I connected my iPhone with my iTunes to ...
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Possible to reset Keychain password without knowing the old password?

My girlfriend forgot the password for her MacBook (don't ask), so I reset it using the Utilities. But as you may be aware, this doesn't reset the Keychain password. Her MacBook is now virtually ...
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Mac 10.13, 10.14 where are the hash passwords located?

I ran to view the contents of a shadow file for a user: sudo plutil -p /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/<username>.plist but when I get to Default it says permission denied, either as a ...
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I have an iPhone 6 and forgot my passcode!

I don't have a computer to use to reset it and when I hold the power and home buttons down it restarts and still asks for the passcode. Will hard resetting my phone solve this? If not, what can I do?...
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How to Set a Short User Password in macOS Mojave and Later (10.14+)

I just installed macOS Mojave and put in my usual short desktop-only password I've been using for years (yes, you read that right). Now though, the operating system rejects setting a password less ...
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OS X 10.11 unable to press “allow” on Keychain Access dialogs

I'm running into an issue where keychain password verification box does not verify password - does not shake for incorrect password and nothing happens when I press "allow". I'm using iCloud keychain. ...
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How can I password protect files in macOS?

I want to start a private journal on my Mac, but I want to make sure that the file can only be opened by me. How can I put password security on my file without it slowing down my computer?
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How to make Safari remember my password for sites where autocomplete=off?

Safari will remember my password on most sites, if I ask it to. However, some "high-security" sites disable this functionality. I want to override their override, and have Safari remember my ...
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How can I reset the answers of the security questions of my Apple ID?

I forgot the answers of the security questions. Not that I seriously need to do it now, but there might be a problem if I need to answer those in future. I still remember my password. How can I ...
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Resetting password for Macbook

I need to factory reset my Macbook but cannot recall the password. So I used Cmd+R during startup and go to terminal and typed 'resetpassword' according to this advice https://discussions.apple.com/...
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Mac OSX : How to password protect an .app or other folder from deleting/moving by user/admin/root

I'm working on a security agent. Wherein I do not want to allow any user/admin/root to delete my security agent application normally. If user/admin/root try to delete the .app file then OS should ...
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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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Disable display of passwords on an iPhone?

Once you have defined a passcode to unlock an iPhone, and for every application asking a password, when waiting for a password an iPhone makes a transient display of any character you type. It is ...
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Why does my iPad keep asking for my iCloud password?

I keep receiving an iCloud pop-up message to insert my iCloud password every time i switch on my iPad and I'm unable to do anything on it, inserting the password doesn't help. What should I do?
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Set the master password from terminal

I am trying to set a master password from the terminal (using a shell script). I see the passwd function and the master.passwd function, however I don't see any documentation on either of these to set ...
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Where is the Mac password requested by iOS stored?

Recently (newly with iOS 11 for me, but apparently earlier for others) my iPhone has asked for my Mac password, indicating that until I provide it, certain features (on iOS?) will be unavailable to me....
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How can I retrieve a saved WiFi password from iOS / iPadOS on secure hardware?

I have some wireless networks that I joined on my iOS device and I now want to retrieve the passwords from the device. These are stored in the keychain presumably so I’d like (by hook or crook if ...
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“Unable to obtain authorization for this operation” when trying to reset my default keychain

I've not been able to save new passwords to my keychain lately. In addition, I can't view any of my passwords. I'll open Keychain Access, pick a login entry, click the Show Password checkbox, and ...
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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 do I transfer a file from a guest account on a MacBook Air?

I'm logged into the guest account of a borrowed MacBook Air which is running OS X Version 10.9.2 and I've been trying to transfer a 2.19GB video file to an admin account, a USB or external hard drive, ...