Archive for October, 2006

October 30th, 2006

Understanding Mac OS X’s Login Passwords

New TidBITS article: Understanding Mac OS X’s Login Passwords (2006-10-30)

October 30th, 2006

.Mac Webmail Gets a Makeover

New TidBITS article: .Mac Webmail Gets a Makeover (2006-10-30)

October 30th, 2006

Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X

Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS XMy 12th Take Control ebook, Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X, went on sale today. (Gee, it feels like just a month ago that my last ebook came out.) I’m unusually excited about this title, because, as with Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, I think it addresses a number of vexing problems that virtually all Mac users face.

First, the ebook helps to make sense of password security: how do you choose passwords that offers the right compromise among security and memorability? And once you’ve chosen your passwords, how do you keep them safe? The ebook also discusses all the different places within Mac OS X where passwords are used, and spends considerable time dealing with Web site passwords. It talks about keychains in detail and covers not only the Keychain Access utility but also numerous third-party password tools. The goal of the ebook is to make sense of passwords, to make them no longer seem scary or confusing. If you follow my advice, you should be able to generate, remember, and enter appropriately strong passwords for almost any purpose with an absolute minimum of brainpower and grief.

The ebook is 96 pages long and sells for $10. We offer a free sample (22 pages long), and as usual, minor updates will also be free.

October 23rd, 2006

Parallels Ships Desktop Update

New TidBITS article: Parallels Ships Desktop Update (2006-10-23)