Don’t Show Password Hints on the MacBook Air Login Screen

If your MacBook Air is often out of sight, or if multiple people use the computer, then you have probably set a password for your user account. When you were setting up the computer and creating the account you were prompted to create hints for your password, which is an option that many people take advantage of. But if you are attempting to keep your data secret from the other people that use the computer, then they might be familiar with some of the passwords that you use. Or, if you have set a hint to be far too simple, even a stranger may be able to guess it. Fortunately you can choose to disable the password hint entirely, leaving any potential hackers guessing blindly about what your password might be.


Stop Showing Password Hints in iOS


While it can be very helpful to ward off people that are blindly attempting to guess your password, not having the hints available could make it very difficult for you to login if you happen to forget your own password. So make sure that, before you disable these password hints, that you realize that they will be disabled for everyone, including you. So that password you are attempting to protect better be something that you are unlikely to forget!


Step 1: Click the System Preferences icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen.

macbook air system preferences


Step 2: Click Users & Groups at the bottom of the System Preferences window.

users and groups menu


Step 3: Click the lock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window.

click the lock icon


Step 4: Type your password, then click the Unlock button.

Step 5: Click the Login Options button at the bottom of the column at the left side of the window.

click the login options


Step 6: Click the box to the left of Show password hints to clear the check mark.

don't show password hints on your macbook air


Step 7: Click the lock at the bottom-left corner of the window again to prevent any further changes.

click the lock again to lock your preferences


The next time you or anyone else incorrectly tries to sign into your account, they will not be given the option to get a hint.


Have you just gotten your new MacBook and you’re wondering what you might need to optimize your experience with it? Read our article about must-have MacBook Air accessories to see what potential problems you can fix with some extra stuff.

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