OS X Mountain Lion: The General pane of Security & Privacy preferences

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The General pane of Security & Privacy preferences

You can make your Mac more secure from malware and tampering by using the settings in the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences.


Change Password

Lets you change the login password for the current user.

Require password ... after sleep or screen saver begins

Use this setting to ensure that your Mac is safe when left in an idle state. Upon waking, a user login password must be entered before the computer can be used. You can select the amount of time after the screen saver or sleep begins before a password is required.

Show a message when the screen is locked

You can add a short message to the login window that is displayed when your Mac is locked. The message can be anything appropriate to users attempting to log in. It can also act like an engraving to provide contact information for a lost computer.

Disable automatic login

Select “Disable automatic login” to require the users to authenticate with a password when they log in.

Allow applications downloaded from:

You can protect your Mac from malware by only allowing apps that have come from identified developers.

Mac App Store

Allows apps that have been downloaded only from the Mac App Store.

Mac App Store and identified developers

Allows apps only from the Mac App Store, or from developers identified by Apple.


Allows, any app to open, regardless of where it came from.


You can increase the security on your Mac by adjusting specific settings in the Advanced pane of System preferences.

Published Date: Sep 4, 2015
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