A Guide on How to Change the Root Password for MacOS High Sierra Users

The main problem with MacOS High Sierra security is that users can sign in the system using only a username “root” without even entering a password. The danger is that an outsider gets absolute rights and access to system settings. It means that your personal information and a computer as a whole can suffer significant damage.

We have prepared this to help you have a safe root account with your password. Follow these simple steps listed below.

Changing a root password on your Mac: a simple security guide for you

  • Step 1: Click the Apple icon, open the menu and choose “System Preferences”.
Step 1: Choose “System Preferences” in the menu
  • Step 2: Now, choose “Accounts” or “Users and Groups”. Click a padlock icon that will appear. Enter a name and password for your account. Then choose “Login options” and “Edit”.
Step 2: Enter your account information
  • Step 3: Click “Open Directory Utility”. You will see a padlock icon again. Enter your login and password one more time, open menu and choose “Edit” and “Change Root Password”.
  • Step 4: Enter your password. Make sure to come up with a good one: make it memorable but not easily guessable. It is important to keep your root account confidential and avoid sharing this information with most people.
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