Reset Your Mac® Password

Written by Ryan Squires on September 17, 2018

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Many people assume that identity security pertains solely to your online identity. While online identities represent one of the more common attack vectors for hackers, there’s another one that represents a vulnerability as well: your Mac®. Maybe you forgot your computer bag at the bus stop or underneath a stool at the bar; should your password lack complexity, accessing sensitive company data would be a breeze. On top of that potential security breach, once a malcontent breaches the system itself, accessing password databases or single sign-on (SSO) portals may not present much of a challenge, either. Are you freaked out yet? Good. Let’s chat about how to reset your Mac password in a way that increases your security online with various systems, applications, file servers, and networks.  

Reseting your Mac Password

Reset your Mac Password the “Old Fashioned” Way

You can, of course, use the traditional on-system method to reset your Mac password. The traditional on-system method requires digging through the System Preferences application to locate the Security and Privacy portal. Once you’ve sorted through the barrage of icons, click the Change Password button. If you’re non-tech savvy, this process can provide some level of hardship, but most users can complete it.

Recovery Mode Password Reset

For last ditch efforts, you can put your Mac into Recovery Mode, which can be accomplished by pressing and holding the Command and R keys at the same time. In the Terminal under the Utilities menu, enter “resetpassword” (without “”), and begin the process of resetting the password. For less tech savvy users, this option is not viable. In the situation that your Mac has been stolen, however, hackers can use the same method to bypass your security as well. While it may seem like there is no reprieve, that there is no single best way of resetting your Mac password, a new method has emerged.

The Best Way to Reset your Mac Password

Reset your Mac password with JumpCloud system app

The best way to reset your Mac password comes from a source you may not have considered, JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. By using the JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service System App, you can reset your Mac password directly from your desktop screen with one click. This can save IT admins a lot of time. And when you reset from the Mac System App, that password changes on a global scale, meaning you no longer have to juggle multiple passwords. Just one password to access all of your IT resources, including legacy LDAP applications like Jira®, Confluence®, and Jenkins, RADIUS-protected networks, web-apps including BlueJeans®, Salesforce®, and Slack®, cloud infrastructure from AWS®, GCP, and Azure®, on-prem and off file servers (Samba, NAS devices, and Box), and productivity platforms (O365 and G Suite).

On top making it really easy for users to change their password themselves, this method ensures that IT admins’ ticket queues stay uncluttered with password reset requests. JumpCloud DaaS can also enable MFA on your Mac. So, if that Mac laptop does get forgotten at the bus or in a bar, the bad actor would need the smartphone associated with that account in their possession and unlocked to actually access the system. If you’d like to try JumpCloud and secure your Mac fleet today, please do not hesitate to sign up. The first 10 users are free, forever. Also, schedule a demo, or check out our YouTube page to learn more Mac-centric security features.

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