Type your password, press the return key, retype your password again, and press return to verify that that the first password you typed is indeed the password you want. We warn you of this program because many administrators believe that their Macs are secure at night when they shut them off just because they have the Open Firmware Password set. Be cautious of this application, and if you are using any desktop security software we suggest keeping this program restricted by it.
Power Mac G4 Firmware 4. Hottest News Should you post pictures of your kids on social media? Join our mailing list for the latest security news and deals. Hi Laura, Send us an email support at orbicule dot com and we will send you the Apple firmware password.
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For Click the lock icon. How do I know that Undercover is installed and running correctly on my system? Can I look in Activity Monitor for a process name? It's great that it is hidden from thieves but I would like some way of knowing that it is working? Yes, you can indeed check that in AM. Please contact us at support at orbicule dot com for more information. I am wondering: can't the thief boot the Mac in target mode and reformat the drive remotely from another Mac?
Or is this also prevented by the Firmware password? As a follow-up question to the Anon on July 6th, where does Undercover "live" - is it hidden in the applications or utilities folder? Could a thief easily find the process in activity monitor? I'm sure that any thief capable of using google just has to search for things like "thief protection mac" and this will come up, so that they can start making counter-measures and find out if Undercover is there at all. I can't find it on the Install DVD?? Almost all laptop thefts are sudden opportunities and not the work of a very tech savvy individuals.
They got a nice laptop and will want to fire it up or sell it as quickly as possible. For a thief to get around Undercover, they first of all must realize that your laptop actually has Undercover running on it. Since this isn't obvious, most thieves will blindly boot up their newly acquired booty and surf for porn or play a game. In this case, most of the thieves will simply pawn off your Mac to someone else and let them be the ones who boot it up and get discovered. It would be a very rare thief who'd even notice the firmware lock, and even rarer one who knows how to open the Mac in order to get around it.
Not to get something like Undercover because you fear that if your Mac is stolen, that somehow it may be stolen by that 1 theif out of the thousands who has some technical understanding what they have acquired strikes me as being foolish. It would be like not getting insurance for your house because none of the policies cover meteor damage. If you are out traveling, it may be a good idea to store your Undercover ID as a document in your Dropbox account.
In that case you may find the ID by logging into Dropbox from another computer when your laptop is stolen If you are having problems finding the firmware password utility on your install disk, download this great free file manager. It shows all the hidden files.
Just launch the utility and set a new one? During normal use, you'll never be prompted for the FWP. It's very important that you keep track of the FWP.
How to Set up the Firmware Password on Your Mac
If you lose it, you'll have to take your Mac to an authorized reseller indeed. It's also worth noting that Undercover does not require a firmware password. It's recommended, and it's definitely more secure, but we recovered many Macs that did not have the FWP enabled. Especially on a MacBook Air, where there is no immediate access to an optical drive, omitting the firmware password is less of an issue. Peter Schols Undercover developer.
Therefor I'm unable to set my password. Apologies if this has already been covered I did a search on the page first! How do I boot in safe mode now that I have set up my firmware password? I think I am reiterating over some question which has been un-answered. At 11 March, , Anonymous said If the firmware password is enabled will the theft be able to change the harddisk?
If the firmware password is enabled, changing the HD will not work. Best wishes, Peter Orbicule. I have just bought Undercover for my family. My main aim is to protect our data if our computers are stolen. Retrieving the computers is secondary though important. We already have enabled the feature where one has to enter the password after the Mac goes to sleep.
How to set a firmware password on your Mac
As I read this thread I am beginning to wonder how Undercover will manage to find a Mac which has firmware password enabled and a password is required to wake from sleep - and at login. Forgive my ignorance of how Undercover works. Perhaps it can work if the Mac is simply connected to the web? Anyway I would welcome your comments and explanation. Graham: We would recommend to create a dummy Mac OS X account that has no password and no admin privileges.
That way, the thief can use the Mac, triggering Undercover. Since the dummy account is completely separate from your admin account, the thief cannot access your data. I buy new HD and use with No problem at all, you may use the password on another DVD that did not come with your Mac. Peter Orbicule. I love your site, but honestly tell you that you need more for him to monitor those who commented with your records.
Best Regards Ralph. Please contact our support center support at orbicule , we would be happy to provide you with a firmware password utility.
Maybe this has been asked before, but when if i now want to change my HD. Let's say i use timemachine to duplicate my disc. Will the computer ask for the firmware pass when booting on the new HD? If it does, can i change the firmware pass so it works on the new disc with the firmware pass utility? I have a MacBook and the disk drive is broken. Can I "Remote Disk" to my iMac to set the firmware password? Hi, You can simply copy the Apple firmware password utility from one Mac to another over the network. Im about to but a new macbook and having had my old one stolen im very keen on purchasing your software.
Just one question If a theif simply takes out my harddrive and replaces can he not then just reinstall on that drive and use it? Tanguy: Thanks for your interest in Undercover! By installing the Apple firmware password, you can prevent the thief from booting from another HD then the default startup disk. Forgive my ignorance, but if I create a dummy user account with no admin privileges, how will the thief find this account? I have a password on my MBP, on sleep or login. So if it were stolen, it would be logged in as my real account, with a password lock to get in.
How does the thief get to the dummy account, or even find out about it?
How to turn on a firmware password
Cheers, Jo. Anonymous: the thief would probably reboot your Mac. This would lead him to the login screen, where he'll see the dummy account. Yes, you can use T to enter Target Disk Mode after you have started into Startup Manager by holding down 'alt' and entering your password. The screen only shows the option of choosing a disk, but T works as well. Has anything changed with Mountain Lion?
Also how would one accomplish this on a rMBP seeing as their is no startup disc or drive. No changes on ML compared to Lion.
security - What does a firmware password protect? - Ask Different
With both operating systems, the firmware password utility is now on the recovery partition, so you have to boot from that one to enable the AFP. There is one little hole that the firmware password leaves open, and I have verified this myself under This feels a bit strange, since "Target Disk Mode" from the same preferences pane does require a password before it will work.
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So with an OSX Installer USB stick, and from a currently logged-in admin account provided you know its password you can bypass all the protection given by the firmware password. Sir Pe: to select another disk in the Startup Disk prefpane, you'll need to enter an admin password. If you previously entered the password to unlock the pane, it might be that the system does not ask you again after unlocking, the pane remains unlocked for a few minutes.
I 'm really tired of doing this, especially when I have updates and have to reboot. If I forget, it's an annoyance to have to force powerdown to restart with the option key held down. I don't want to have to do this anymore. My DVD drive is of no use anymore. What can I do to bypass having to enter the firmware password?
I literally leave my computer on to avoid putting it in. Donna: please make sure your hard drive is selected in the System Preferences - Startup Disk preference pane. That way, you won't have to enter your firmware password every time you boot your Mac. I'd like to install a firmware password, but can't find the start-up disk for my Macbook Pro.
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Is there any hope for me? I have the start-up disk from my previous Macbook Pro stolen 7 months ago but the replacement Macbook Pro I bought has a slightly newer OS The information I've read about this says not to try using a start-up disk from a previous model, so I am wondering what I can do. With Lion and Mountain Lion, the firmware password utility is now on the recovery partition, so you have to boot from the recovery partition in order to enable the AFP.
Post a Comment. Try it now Buy. The Apple firmware password can be a very important tool to make your Mac more secure: it basically prevents anyone who does not know the password to reformat your hard disk. For Undercover users, this is particularly useful, since a reformat is the only way to disable Undercover.
In spite of its usefulness, the firmware password utility is one of the most poorly understood Apple tools. Before explaining how to enable the firmware password on your Mac, we first squash some common misconceptions. Misconception 1: The firmware password does not work on Intel Macs. For the end user, this is completely transparent: although the underlying technology is totally different on PPC Open Firmware and Intel Macs Extensible Firmware , the firmware password utility looks and works the same way on every Mac.