1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 22, 2012 8:30 AM by Grant Bennet-Alder
Cannon_cs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I gave my son a Macbook pro for his 16th birthday.     He has abused his rights and lost my trust.  I need to take it from him.  How can I get past the lock?   Should I take it to Apple and have them wipe it clean and reinstall programs?

Mac Pro, Windows XP
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9 (54,235 points)

    Depending on what version of Mac OS X, different methods are used to replace the Admin password, which then allows you to change any other passwords. He should have only a "User" account, with no right to administer or install software.


    If you decide to ease back in, there are "Parental Controls" available that can limit sites available using a Blacklist or Whitelist, limit total hours of daily use, and enforce a curfew. You can also limit email correspondents. Some of this may be easily circumvented by using FaceBook mail or Webmail.