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.
Step 2: Click Users & Groups at the bottom of the System Preferences window.
Step 3: Click the lock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window.
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.
Step 6: Click the box to the left of Show password hints to clear the check mark.
Step 7: Click the lock at the bottom-left corner of the window again to prevent any further changes.
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.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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