New ebook offers tricks and treats for managing passwords on the Mac

Ithaca, NY USA (October 31, 2006) — It’s easy to keep track of a few
passwords, but for any Macintosh user feeling overwhelmed by all the
passwords asked for by the Mac and by many Web sites, help is now at
hand in the form of a new ebook – “Take Control of Passwords in Mac
OS X,” by Mac expert Joe Kissell.

Readers will learn to assess risk factors and devise a personal plan
for generating different types of passwords, using a special system
for creating strong passwords that are easy to remember but virtually
impossible to crack. Once that’s done, the ebook explains how to set
appropriate passwords for the Mac (account login, master, root,
firmware, email, AirPort, keychains), and how to use Apple’s built-in
password manager Keychain Access. Kissell also provides pointers for
the best ways to use passwords on the Web and offers tips for
preventing password-related problems. For readers who want to go
beyond Keychain Access for additional features or cross-platform
capabilities, the book suggests useful alternatives and includes
coupons for $10 off Web Confidential and $5 off 1Passwd.

“The Keychain in Mac OS X is a behind-the-scenes feature that you
rarely hear about, but which you likely rely on every day,” commented
Take Control editor in chief Tonya Engst. “Anyone who has been
distressed about not being able to remember passwords or who has been
anxious about the security of their passwords will find reassuring
advice about how to use Apple’s built-in tools to manage passwords

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Book Details:
“Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X” by Joe Kissell
PDF format, 96 pages, free 22-page sample available
Publication date: October 30, 2006
Price: $10

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