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  1. #1
    Fingerprint Security
    The fingerprint security login feature of OSX is new to me. After reading Apple docs my understanding is that I'd have to set this feature up in order to use it. In other words, it's OFF by default. Can anyone please confirm this?

    If I don't turn this feature on, Mac security works as it long has, right? You type your password to login to user accounts, yes?

    Thank you much.

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    Fingerprint Security
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    May 20, 2008
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    Tons of info here in case you haven't had time previously:

    Use Touch ID on your Mac - Apple Support

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    Fingerprint Security
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    Jun 12, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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    Yes, you are correct. If you donít setup Touch ID you can continue to use a 4 or 6 digit numerical passcode. Indeed you would need to use your passcode to setup Touch ID which you will find on the first page of the Settings app.
    It is of course the way Apple is going. The new Mac Book Pro for example also has a touch strip replacing the top line of the keyboard which incorporates Touch ID and itís very fast. It can also be used for purchases on the App Store.

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    Fingerprint Security
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    Jan 23, 2009
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
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    Late 2015 5K 27-inch Retina iMac, 4GHz i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Flash Drive, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
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    Nick and Rod have answered your question.

    Rod’s comments also apply to Face Recognition should you ever come across a device that offers it. It is off by default and you can use the 6 number passcode or, of course, choose a much longer alphanumerical code for additional security.


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    Thanks guys, appreciate it. I'll cross this one off my list.

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