Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Jul 08, 2011
    Posts
    3
    Security question about a used Mac
    I've recently bought a used Mac, and had a couple of question to give me some piece of mind over it. Is there a way to determine if the original user had installed any software that can or will collect information like passwords or even access the camera that they can access down the line? I've heard some horror stories of this type that I think were done to PCs, but thought it couldn't hurt to see if this was ever seen on Macs as well, and what I might be able to look for before I start really loading this new machine up with personal info.

    Thanks in advance for any help with this!

  2. #2

    TattooedMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 19, 2009
    Location
    Waiting for a mate . . .
    Posts
    8,437
    Specs:
    21" iMac 2.9Ghz 16GB RAM - 10.11.3, iPhone6s & iPad Air 2 - iOS 9.2.1, ATV 4Th Gen tvOS, ATV3
    Hi and welcome to the forum.
    In short no. If you dont know the name of whatever they put on there can be hard to find.
    What sort of Mac is it and what OS is running at the moment. ?? Do you have the original install disks for the machine ??
    If its a intel Mac and you dont have to disks then you can buy SnowLeopard and do a complete reinstall and have yourself a new OS and a clean Mac

    HTH

    Cheers
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

  3. #3

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    22,241
    Specs:
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    Buy a copy of the latest operating system the machine will handle, pop in the disc and boot holding down 'C'. Go into Utilities > Disk Utility and choose Erase Disk, using 7 pass erase under Security Options to be sure everything is removed, then do a clean install with your own name and password, and update.

    Cannot help with operating system as you have not supplied model details.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Jul 08, 2011
    Posts
    3
    It is an Intel MacBook Pro running OSX 10.6.8. I don't have the install discs and am hesitant to do a full reinstall because it did include several programs that I am interested in in keeping.

  5. #5

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    22,241
    Specs:
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    Just remember if you have the programs and no install discs they are there illegally. Just wait for Lion's release and download and upgrade to that. You will need install discs so go to Apple and purchase Snow leopard before they go through the roof.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Jul 08, 2011
    Posts
    3
    Well, it was a good deal from craiglist, but I guess wiping it with new OS discs is the way to go.

    Thanks all

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Security Question
    By Greg55 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-27-2010, 08:29 PM
  2. Security question
    By timeferret in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-26-2010, 07:30 PM
  3. security question
    By mista G in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-02-2009, 05:44 PM
  4. wireless security question
    By ozbuc in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-17-2007, 09:53 AM
  5. Question about security
    By XFce in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-24-2006, 05:32 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •