Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X, 2nd Edition
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: October 2010
Pages: 121

You'll also learn how to handle:

  • Passwords on your Mac (login, master, root, firmware, email, AirPort, keychains)
  • Interactions between your Web browser and your stored passwords
  • Syncing passwords between Macs, and to your iPhone or iPod touch
  • Use Apple's Keychain Access password manager
  • Getting started with a third-party password manager
  • Planning for what to do if your software (or your brain) forgets key passwords
  • Solving password-related problems

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"Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X is outstanding. It's very thoughtful and well presented. I've spent more time than the average person thinking about this topic, and still I learned some things from your book."    —James Tummins

Read this ebook for advice on these password-related issues:

  • Coming up with secure passwords that are easily remembered and typed
  • Keeping track of impossible-to-remember passwords
  • Setting up sensible passwords that control access to your Mac
  • Reducing hassle by making your Mac automatically log you in to Web sites
  • Balancing security with the annoyance of frequent password entry
  • Understanding the purpose of the common Mac keychains
  • Finding and viewing the passwords that your Mac has tracked for you
  • Syncing passwords between different Macs (or with an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)
  • Planning for disaster - what if you're injured and someone else needs your passwords?
  • Deciding whether you should memorize your passwords, write them down, or have your Mac store them
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