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Disabling Login Items While Testing a Bootable Duplicate

In Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite, I include instructions for testing your bootable duplicate prior to upgrading. As part of that process, I suggest disabling your login items so that nothing that opens automatically while you’re testing your duplicate makes any changes to the clone that you might find undesirable. However, there’s an error…

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Important Changes in 1Password 4.1

AgileBits has released 1Password 4.1, with a long list of significant changes. I’m happy to say that this release addresses a number of shortcomings I mentioned in Take Control of 1Password and adds some much-requested features. I’ll be updating the book soon to make sure it’s completely current with the software. In the meantime, here…

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Cracking Time for Passwords with Eight vs. Nine Characters

On page 18, in the discussion of how much faster brute-force cracking has become since 2006 (when I estimated it would take 21 years to crack an eight-character password by brute force, and centuries to crack a nine-character password), I say: As of late 2012, nine-character passwords containing upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and symbols…

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