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Change the password for a Mac OS X account

You can change your Mac OS X account password in several ways.

The password for your Mac OS X account is not linked to the password to your RIT computer account. In fact, we recommend that you use two different passwords between these accounts.

Under all circumstances -- office and home systems, portables or desktop computers -- ITS recommends that you Disable automatic login in Mac OS X. We consider it a security risk.

While logged in

To change the password while you are logged into an account -- and remember its current password, see our instructions on how to Change your Mac OS X account password in System Preferences.

When the password has been forgotten

To change the password when you don't remember the current password, see our instructions on how to Change a forgotten Mac OS X account password.

Password strength and security

We have information on Tips for securing computers, which includes helpful hints on how to build strong passwords and keep them secure. This is critically-important for any Mac OS X computer and the user accounts on it.

To learn more about how to shield your computer from hard, check out ITS' Security and Virus Protection pages.

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