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Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Suffering from password overload or anxiety? Set your mind at ease with friendly assistance from Mac expert Joe Kissell! You'll learn how to match your personality type and risk factors to a personal plan for choosing and managing your Mac, Web, and iPhone/iPod touch passwords efficiently and securely. He also explains Keychain Access, covers password management utilities, and explores common problems.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X, Second Edition
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates and More
      2. Basics
      3. What’s New in Version 2.1
      4. What Was New in Version 2.0
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Passwords Quick Start
    4. 2. Assess Your Password Needs
      1. Consider Your Risk Level
      2. Use an Ounce of Prevention
    5. 3. Learn Password Basics
      1. Understand Password Security
      2. Understand the Two Password Types
        1. Security Passwords
        2. Identity Passwords
      3. Figure Out the Right Password Type
      4. Learn the Pros and Cons of Reusing Passwords
      5. Understand Optimal Password Length
        1. Length of Random Passwords
        2. Length of Non-Random Passwords
    6. 4. Choose a Password Strategy
      1. Strategy A: Rely (Mostly) on Technology
      2. Strategy B: Rely (Mostly) on Your Brain
      3. Choosing a Strategy: Joe’s Recommendation
    7. 5. Generate Good Passwords
      1. Create Security Passwords
      2. Devise a Pattern for Identity Passwords
        1. Password Part 1: Your Personal Segment
        2. Password Part 2: The Usage-Specific Portion
      3. Use Password Assistant
      4. Take Action!
    8. 6. Understand Mac OS X’s Passwords
      1. Login Passwords
        1. Choose and Set a Login Password
        2. Use Your Login Password
        3. Reset an Administrator Password
      2. Master Password
        1. Choose and Set a Master Password
        2. Use Your Master Password
      3. Root Password
      4. Firmware Password
        1. Choose and Set a Firmware Password
      5. Email Password
      6. Wireless Network Password
      7. File Sharing Password
      8. Keychains
        1. Choose and Set a Keychain Password
        2. Use Your Keychain Password
    9. 7. Use Keychain Access
      1. Understand Common Keychain Types
      2. View Your Passwords
      3. Change Access for a Password
      4. Add or Change Passwords
      5. Delete Passwords
      6. Change Your Keychain Password
      7. Change Keychain Settings
      8. Change the Default Keychain
      9. Add or Delete a Keychain
        1. Use the Delete Keychain Command
        2. Use the Keychain List
      10. Add Notes to a Keychain
      11. Repair Damaged Keychains
      12. Solve the “login” Keychain Prompt Problem
      13. Use the Keychain Menu
    10. 8. Use Passwords on the Web
      1. Choose Good User Names
      2. Fill Out Forms Automatically
        1. Safari
        2. Other Browsers
    11. 9. Use Third-Party Password Tools
      1. 1Password
        1. iOS Device Support
        2. 1Password Anywhere
      2. Other Password Generators
      3. Other Password Managers
        1. Desktop Password Managers
        2. Portable Password Managers
        3. Web-Based Password Managers
      4. Biometric Devices
    12. 10. Keep Your Passwords Secure
      1. Avoid the “Weakest Link” Problem
      2. Use Wireless Networks Safely
        1. Use Wi-Fi Encryption
        2. Use SSL/TLS
        3. Use a VPN
      3. Change Your Passwords
      4. Recover Forgotten Passwords
      5. Back Up Your Passwords
      6. Prepare an Emergency Password Plan
    13. A. About This Book
      1. Ebook Extras
      2. About the Author
      3. Author’s Acknowledgments
      4. Shameless Plug
      5. About the Publisher
      6. Production Credits