The one Mac app that will save your ass


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Internet security experts will tell you that using the same password on every website is extremely dangerous. Once a hacker has compromised one site, it’s easy to write a script to gain access to multiple sites. Twitter learned this the hard way.

If you have OS X there are a number of utilities you can install which will allow you to create multiple passwords and keep the safe under a super secure password.

All of these utilities keep your passwords secure, two of them offer integration with your web browser. This integration will allow you to visit a page and autofill the login forms. This is similar to the password managers built into web browser but have better security through advanced encryption.

The one you choose comes down to personal preference. I’ve chosen 1Password. It’s super easy to setup. If you have moved from KeyPass on Windows it will import your password file. It also integrates with Firefox. Wallet, which came in close second only seems to integrate with Safari.

If you know any other utilities for keeping your website passwords secure, let us know.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."

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  1. Thank you for including 1Password in your write-up and for the kind words. Have a great weekend!


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  2. Sounds like a great program but with Mac 10.9 (Mavericks), it does the same thing! It makes up passwords, autofills login information and syncs them across all of your devices.

    • Joe Cotellese says:

      It does do a limited version of what you are suggesting but I’m on Mavericks and 1Password 4 is just so much better. I actually use it to store other information like credit card numbers, software licenses and personal information. It’s like my own digital vault.

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