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Would this loophole for stolen MacBook Pro Retina work, or can macOS detect this and stop it?

Imagine a Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. It's got FileVault 2 enabled, it's been shut down (so the disk is encrypted) and the EFI Password is set, so they can't boot from another disk or reinstall ...
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How to ensure a stolen MacBook Pro Retina is useless to a thief?

(There are similar questions to this, but they all are old, like OS X Snow Leopard old. This is for Catalina era.) I carry my MacBook Pro on me almost always when I go places. I keep it in my ...
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Using appleScript for remote auto login to macOS

I'd like to be able to log in my computer through Apple Remote Desktop (SSH) by running a script while the remote computer is running the loginWindow. An ideal script would automate the process of ...
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What sorts of apps should I grant Keychain access to?

Some apps ask me for Keychain access when installing them, configuring them, and/or using them. As with anything related to computer access, permissions and security, giving the app access could be a ...
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macOS root password & malware?

I entered my macOS admin details (root password) into an application I think was malicious. Suspicious, I checked the keychain and my tokens had modified passwords. What else could have this software ...
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How can I make a script containing passwords secure?

I have made a simple script : sysadminctl -adminUser AdminUserHere -adminPassword AdminPasswordHere -addUser NewUserNameHere -fullName "Full Name Here" -password NewUserPasswordHere Now the system ...
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How do I password protect a folder on macOS Catalina?

I have been attempting to password protect a folder on macOS Catalina. I did read through a couple of articles and previous answers and all of them talk about creating an encrypted disk image or ...
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Unlocking new Mac not working with Apple Watch

I've grown accustomed to the convenience of being able to unlock my MacBook Pro with my Apple Watch, but I just got a new Mac Mini, and no matter what I do, it is not unlocking it for me. I have ...
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How strong is mac login password protection?

I am trying to strengthen the login password i use on my mac as i feel its the weakest link in all my password. I use 1password for all my website passwords, but of course i need to be able to ...
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Grant Terminal Access to Web Cam

I am currently working remotely due to the pandemic, and am attempting to identify the physical room that a set of lab iMacs are currently in. Our CMDB states that these machines are in Room A; ...
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Disable delays when running scripts for the first time

An article about delayed script executions has been published recently. I could reproduce this on my Mac by running the following: $ echo $'#!/bin/sh\necho Hello' > /tmp/test.sh && chmod a+...
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Using security keys similar to the use of TouchID for removing need of passwords

With the new MacBooks getting TouchIDs, password authentication is becoming an old school way to do things. Since TouchIDs work in the same way as Security keys (both having public-private keypair), ...
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iPhone TOTP app with local backup?

Is there an iPhone TOTP app that can back up and restore its security keys to a file on my iMac? This is the problem I am trying to solve: I want to use a TOTP app on my iPhone to perform 2FA on a ...
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If a guest user installs cracked software / malware, is the original user compromised?

I created a login for my housemate on my MacBook. I have since learned that they have installed cracked software. How well am I insulated by macOS security architecture against this breach?
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why does `brew search` need github credentials all of a sudden? [duplicate]

This is not really expected or very reassuring from a package manager. brew search postgres gets me this credentials access request: if I refuse, it does search and eventually provides the output: ...
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How to add Screen Recording permission to Google Chrome in Catalina?

Please note: this question is very similar to this one and others, but none of them involve giving Google Chrome access to the Screen Recording permission! The link above is for giving Slack ...
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MacBook is attacked but can't find any threats

Recently, I was installing an unofficial software on my mac. It's a mistake, I know, but I was so confident that I can register if something is going wrong. Coming to the point, I give the ...
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Does macOS phone home to Apple's servers before running an app for the first time?

I'm running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 on a 2018 MacBook Pro 15", which has the T2 chip (if anything else is relevant, let me know and I'll update the question.) I'm a developer and I'm in the process of ...
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How can you stop sites from sending unwanted or 'enforced' downloads in Safari?

I'm not the only one who has been plagued lately with seemingly well-meaning sites suddenly warning me that some piece of software on my Mac is out-of-date and that I need to update 'whatever' (often ...
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Still possible to override iSight webcam LED for iMac's and Macbook Pro's 2019 & 2020 & on?

Although years later from the discovered exploitable vulnerability with iSight's LED, I am wondering if the issue has been fixed on 2019 and 2020 iMacs and Macbook Pros. Can the iSight LED still be ...
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Touch ID not recognized by app

I recently changed my password on my MacBook Pro. Normally, the password change does not introduce any additional complications. This time, something went wrong. For example, I was signed out from all ...
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Suspicious email address in Find My dialog during fresh install

I have just received a 2019 MacBook Pro, sealed in the box. During the installation, I chose to "Setup Later" my Apple ID. When it came to the Find My screen, it said: Find My will use the Apple ID ...
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How to change kernel security level?

My Mac had a kernel security level of 0. Then, I changed the kernel security level to 1. Here's how I changed it to 1: sysctl kern.securelevel=1 I'd like to change it back to 0 becuase my hosts file ...
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Catlina Security: Does root need permissions?

Consider the new privacy system in Catalina. E.g. disk access, cam, mic, input etc. Does an application run as root need such permissions or is everything inherently granted?
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Unable to install a widget I downloaded and edited

I use Mojave with Dashboard switched on. I downloaded a dashboard widget file and edited a html file inside it by "showing package contents". I just wanted to change the font size of some text and did ...
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Unlocking FileVault2 macOS

we have on our Macs a security policy which actiavates for all users FileVault2 and also but also has a max. attempt to unlock the mac to 10. So this is working fine until a user enters more than 10 ...
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How do I deny an app Accessibility Access forever?

I recently installed an app on my system (Mac OS X Mojave) and it showed an permissions dialog: "[appname]" would like to control this computer using accessibility features. … I got two buttons: ...
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Log/list of external/unauthorized programs that were given permission to open

When an app/program is not from an authorized developer, it cannot be opened directly because of security settings. These security settings can be overridden by adding the app as an exception to the ...
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Why my app is starting in /private/var/folders/hl instead of it's real location

I get an application that I need to start in it's own folder instead of that it starts here: /private/var/folders/hl/dhpt8nq95tv84ptt9pl23hb40000gn/T/AppTranslocation/636B3A57-76A9-446C-B2AD-...
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dd on Catalina gives “Permission denied” error even after grant it Full Disk Access in Security and Privacy

date; sudo dd bs=1M if=2020-02-13-raspbian-buster-full.img of=/dev/rdisk3; date Thu Apr 23 20:22:45 PDT 2020 Password: dd: failed to open '/dev/rdisk3': Permission denied Thu Apr 23 20:...
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Client certificate authentication fails with iOS 13.4.1 (works with 13.2.2)

I've previously posted this question and since then further investigated the issue. The problem seems to be the latest iOS (13.4.1), which fails to send the client certificate upon authentication ...
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How can FileVault encryption process be stopped/disabled?

I enabled FileVault on my Mac (MacOS High Sierra) in the Security and Privacy System Preferences. Now my computer is extremely slow, I can't even use it. FileVault is still in the process of ...
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Screen recording option is missing from Security&Privacy

oday I was trying to test teamviewer and found out that my option to disable/enable screen recording is missing. (see picture) I have tried to reboot and not help. googling around did not come up ...
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How do I verify the checksum or hash of a downloaded file on the command line?

If I have downloaded a file from the internet, and the source website has provided a checksum or hash (eg. SHA-256), how do I verify that the hash of the downloaded file matches the hash reported on ...
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How can I check what permissions an app store app will request before installing it?

I would like to find out, prior to installation, what permissions an iOS app will ask for. I understand that granting these permissions is up to me and that no permissions are granted automatically. ...
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How to fix ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR for only one specific site

Working on a site for a client, and for some reason I keep getting the "can't provide a secure connection" error in ALL browsers. Everyone outside me seems to see it fine. If I log in to my work ...
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Process Identity From The Terminal Command Line

How to get full identity information for a specified process in the terminal shell command line? Full identity would include effective/real/supplementary discretionary access control (DAC) user and ...
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How does iOS device management work?

Under Settings -> Device Management I notice there are at least 3 different categories of items: Mobile Device Management Configuration Profile Enterprise App But documentation online seems sparse ...
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iPad iOS 13 Hacked

My iPad was hacked. I am not sure of the origin because my young son often uses my iPad and could have clinked one any number of links. The hacker has remote access and takes control of the screen, ...
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Ask for password input when mounting a volume via Automator

I have Automator mounting a volume with hdiutil, but it requires a password to mount. Natively macOS would prompt with a hidden-password input field; but I don't know how to trigger the same when ...
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Forgot password for external hard drive

I have an external hdd. I set a password on it to access it. However, now I forgot my password for that drive. Is there any possibility if I could somehow find that password from mac os x log file. I ...
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Open “Screen Sharing” tab in System Preferences > Privacy using terminal

I have been searching for a way to open System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Sharing using a script. I'm a systems admin and I'm trying to deploy TeamViewer to my users in ...
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Install macOS Catalina guest VM on a host with macOS Catalina [duplicate]

I need to install a macOS guest VM on a macOS host machine. I want to do this to create an isolated/sandboxed secure environment to run untrusted apps. Is it possible to do this without Parallels or ...
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Is BootCampDrivers.com safe?

I've had tons of scaling and performance issues in scaling of 3D applications and games under Windows on my MacBook Pro 16" 2019 (MBP 16,1) due to the extremely outdated AMD drivers Apple ships with ...
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Does Apple save a (hashed) version of my device passwords?

As earlier described in this question, I was asked today by my iPad to enter the user account password of my MacBook, and my MacBook later asked me to provide the passcode of my iPad. I'm specifically ...
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How can I make the “notify me when found” option of Find My stick?

I've set "notify me when found" on each of several Apple devices in my iCloud account - and even taken and archived screen shots confirming I've done so Nevertheless - on multiple occasions - do I ...
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Help with Mac OS 10.15 Catalina and CAC readers

I bought a new MacBook with OS 10.15 pre-installed I cannot seem too get my CAC reader and certificates to work. Is there a resource for installing certificates and CAC readers on the latest Mac OS? ...
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Security & Privacy preference always hangs when opening

Every time I try to open Security & Privacy preference it hangs indefinitely. Eventually I have to force it to quit. This is the top part of the latest crash report after forcing it to quit: Date/...
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Can I change my kernel security level?

When I run sysctl kern.securelevel on my Mac, it gives me a value of 0. I'd like to increase the kernel security level on my computer. I want it to give me a 1. Can I do that?
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VMware Fusion set host-only (aka private to my Mac) IP address / network?

I am coming from VMware Workstation on Windows to VMware Fusion on Mac. In VMware Workstation it's possible to configure the host-only ip address / network in the network editor, in VMware Fusion it's ...

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