How to Set Firmware Password on Mac to Add Extra Layer of Security

If you have problem on your Apple device, and like to add Firmware Password to up security on your Mac this guide here will help you. Once the problem which Apple has with FBI regarding the encryption issues has become public, many people around the globe were put in position to fear about their privacy and security. While there is not a potential threat in existence when you are using a Mac, iPad or iPhone still many users have decided to increase the strength of their firmware passwords in order to get an extra layer of security.

When you activate the firmware password on a Mac you will unlock an extra level of security. This means that nobody will be able to boot your Mac by means of any external bootable source. In addition, nobody will be able to use the Mac Recovery option, because a password will be required to enter the computer into recovery mode.

Firmware Password on Mac

Adding a firmware password on Mac is quite simple, you only need to follow the instructions bellow and you will get the job done right.

And remember, it is not possible to reset a forgotten firmware password, so make sure that you keep it somewhere safe.

Add a firmware password on your Mac

  1. Before you can add a firmware password you must restart your Mac and enter it into Recovery mode
  2. After your Mac is in Recovery mode, do not select any option. Instead of that, go to “Utilities” and choose “Firmware Password Utilities”
  3. Once you are in the ”Firmware Utilities” section, press on “Turn On Firmware Password”
  4. When prompted, enter your password and verify it by re-entering it again in the “Verify” field
  5. Press on “Set Password” to confirm it.
  6. Exit Utilities and restart your Mac for the changes to take effect. Once you start the Mac again, the firmware password will be set and you will be prompted to enter it before you can use the computer.

Instructions to change or disable firmware password on Mac

If you wish to remove or to change the current firmware password on your Mac follow these instructions:

  • Go to “Utilities”—“Firmware Password”
  • From here turn “OFF” Firmware Password if you want to disable the feature
  • Alternatively, click “Change Password” if you wish to change the current password

Once you have set the firmware password, if you try to boot the Mac computer with a bootable external source, the computer will show you a lock icon. And in order to proceed with the booting you will have to enter the proper firmware password.

I hope that this short guide will help you to add an extra layer of security to your computer.

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