How to Use the Mac Security Preference Pane?

The Security preference pane allows the user to control the security level of the user’s accounts on their Mac. In addition to that, the Security Preference pane is where the user configures the user’s account, Mac’s firewall, as well as turn data encryption on or off.

Steps to Use the Mac Security Preference Pane

The Security preference pane is divided into different sections.

Generally, it controls password usage, specifically, whether passwords are necessary for certain activities. As you want to add an extra layer of password security, just follow a few simple steps:

  1. Firstly, you should select the Require Password after sleep or else when the screen saver begins check box.
  2. Snow Leopard requires that you enter your login password before the system returns from a sleep state or exits a screen saver.
  3. Then, click on the pop-up delay menu to specify when the password requirement will kick in (it’s immediate by default).
  4. After that Admin-level users can set the global security features in all accounts on this Computer section.

It also controls automatic log-out of a user account. And even lets you specify whether location-based services have access to your Mac’s location data or not.


The given control enables you to set the master password for FileVault encryption within the current user’s Home folder, which makes a bit impossible for any other person to access your files. Only the specific admin-level user can set the master password and not any other. After the master password is set then you can click on the ‘Turn On FileVault’ button to allow FileVault encryption for the user who’s presently logged in; the user’s Login password becomes your FileVault password as well.


Firewall settings will always allows you to enable or disable your Mac’s built-in firewall, as well as configure the various firewall settings. Let’s begin with configuring the security settings for your Mac.

  1. First, launch the Security Preference Pane.
  2. Then, click on the System Preferences icon in the Dock or select ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu.
  3. After that, click on the Security icon in the Personal section of the System Preferences window.
  4. Next, you need to proceed to the next page to learn about the General configuration options.
  5. Using the Mac Security Preference Pane – General Mac Security Settings.

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