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54. Password Protecting Your Macintosh > Disabling Automatic Login

Disabling Automatic Login

Every Macintosh consists of at least one user account, which you set up when you first started using your new Macintosh. The user account acts like a door. If no passwords are used to protect your user account, anyone could use your Macintosh and open any door. With a password, which is like a key, the door to your Macintosh is locked until the key is used to open it.

When you create multiple accounts on your Macintosh, you essentially create multiple doors to your Macintosh, and each door (account) can be locked with a different key (password). Each time you turn on your computer, your Macintosh automatically accesses one account without requiring you to type a password. (Accessing an account is known as logging in. Exiting out of an account is known as logging out.)


  

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