I bring this up because automatic login is available on all our Apple toys. It provides an extra layer of security to keep others out of our iPhones, iPads, and, yes, the Mac. I know too many people who don’t bother with passwords, including yours truly.
Say what? How can a mini geek avoid the obvious? Passwords are a requirement, right? Yes. I have my iPhone locked down with a rather lengthy password, but it’s the same one I use on my iPad, and it seldom gets used on either device. Say thank you to Face ID and Touch ID.
My Macs are a slightly different story. The iMac sitting on my home office desktop gets used the most and it has automatic login enabled. I know, right? My MacBook Pro uses the same lengthy password as iPhone and iPad, but also comes with Touch ID. The iMac doesn’t have Face ID or Touch ID and automatic login saves me all of, what, almost four seconds because startup logs into the Mac without a password.
Hey, unlock that Mac with a password four times a day and that’s over an hour saved every year.
Yes, it’s still wrong.
Hello. Thieves! It could happen.
Meanwhile, some unknown writer at MacMost weighed in on the obvious dangers.
You can set your Mac to not require a password when you start up, wake up or log in. However, you should never use this function. Doing so leaves all of your information vulnerable to anyone who gets physical access to your Mac.
My MacBook hits the road with me from time to time so I make sure it does not have automatic login but, again, Touch ID makes login convenient and secure.
What about the desktop bound iMac in the home office?
Even if you are using a Mac that is stationary and locked up, it doesn’t make sense to take the risk
Damn. He’s right.
Entering a password every time you use your Mac is a small price to pay for good security.
Damn. He’s right. Again.
I may be handling the situation exactly the way a few million home-bound Mac users see it.
Who’s going to come into my home and steal my Mac?
It happens. Murphy’s Law, amirite? Plus, not all Macs are home-bound. Many live in offices and schools and far too many have automatic login turned on. Now you see why Apple’s attention to Touch ID and Face ID is of such benefit to MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad. Higher security with easier convenience.
Wait. What about Apple Watch and the feature which automatically unlocks a Mac whenever Watch (and, supposedly, the Watch wearer) gets near the Mac. Unfortunately, I’m in the habit of charging Watch while I work on my iMac.
Yes, I know were’ almost through July but let’s go for a 2018 New Year’s Resolution anyway. Use Watch to unlock said iMac, then place Watch on charger.
See? A solution for every problem.