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    Newbie question, is there a way like in Win2K and XP to lock a Mac? You know what I mean, in Windows, when you are going to be away and want to lock your machine, you press crrl alt del and it locks it? Thanks in advance

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    The only way to lock a Mac is to set the screensaver to require a password, and activate a "hot corner." When you leave your Mac, toss the mouse into that corner and nobody will be able to get in without the password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainstabbin
    Newbie question, is there a way like in Win2K and XP to lock a Mac? You know what I mean, in Windows, when you are going to be away and want to lock your machine, you press crrl alt del and it locks it? Thanks in advance
    Go to the Security section of System Preferences, then select "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver"
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    Yeah, that was one of my questions too when I first got my Powerbook. I just set up my screen saver to require a password, as everybody has said, and then I put the mouse in the lower left corner and walk off. I'm pretty security conscious so this was the first thing I did.

    NOTE: Your Mac is not secure, until you install an open firmware password. With a system disc, anybody can override your master password and get full root access. Keep this in mind, and set an open firmware password ASAP. This is the equivelant to a BIOS password on a PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osiris22x
    NOTE: Your Mac is not secure, until you install an open firmware password. With a system disc, anybody can override your master password and get full root access. Keep this in mind, and set an open firmware password ASAP. This is the equivelant to a BIOS password on a PC.

    How do u do that? :confused:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osiris22x
    NOTE: Your Mac is not secure, until you install an open firmware password. With a system disc, anybody can override your master password and get full root access. Keep this in mind, and set an open firmware password ASAP. This is the equivelant to a BIOS password on a PC.

    I was also wondering how you do that.......Any Takers?

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    Here's a URL that you should all read. It explains the ups and (exaggerated) downs of using an open firmware password. At the end, it also explains how to turn it on.

    http://www.securemac.com/openfirmwar...protection.php

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