How To Customize The Mac’s Login Screen

LoginoxHow many ways can you secure your Mac. You know, lock it down tight to keep your files away from prying eyes. If your Mac is at home, on the road, or in an office cubicle, one easy and free way to another level of security is the password protection mechanism built in to OS X.

This isn’t the only thing you can do to help secure your Mac from prying eyes but it helps. Adding the password is easy (Apple’s support page has details). Open System Preferences, click on Security & Privacy, and then click the General tab.

Here are the options.

Security & Privacy

Easy peasy, right?

Wait. That’s not really customizing the Mac’s login screen. It’s just adding the password option. How can you customize the screen itself and rid your Mac of the boring OS X login background?


This free Mac utility gives you the simple option of replacing the boring background image with whatever image you want to replace it. It’s drop dead easy to use and just as easy to revert back to normal. Drag and drop the image you want to use, click the Set New Login Image button and you’re good to go.


That’s it.

Now when your has a customized login screen. If you want to revert to OS X’s standard background, simply click the Reset To Default Image button and you’re back.

Any caveats? So far, only one. Choose the background image carefully because the wrong image might obscure the login buttons so they’re not legible when your Mac starts up. High contrast is better, and unfortunately Loginx doesn’t have a way to display how the custom image will look before you install it.

Otherwise, you get a little customization on another layer of security and it’s free.