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How to access Time Machine without the access password?

I have an older 2TB Apple Time Machine with years of kids photos. Unfortunately, my wife cannot remember the passcode to get in. We are at a loss as we have tried every password we can think of. We ...
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What is the “guest” password?

I tried looking for the "guest" password by doing the command dscacheutil -q user and found the guest account. I saw that there was a "password" (I know that the usual guest account does not have a ...
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How to prevent multiple login windows?

Whenever my rMBP wakes up from sleep, it shows a log in page with my user name. The page has a metallic gray background. After I enter my password, another page opens up with my wallpaper along with ...
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OSX asking for my password

OSX asks for my user password pretty often -- seemingly whenever it needs to use Keychain. How do I make it stop asking me?
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I forgot the passcode for my iPad restrictions. How can I disable them?

I added restrictions to my iPad and I forgot the passcode for them, now what? Is there a way to remove it without resetting the device?
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What is a good App for OSX that locks your Macbook when outside “known” wifi area

I am looking for an app that locks my Macbook when not connected to a known wifi network. And I am the only one who can manage my known networks: I'm asked for a password to add networks to my "known ...
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What to Remove before selling Macbook?

My macbook (feb 2008 white) sold on ebay, but I haven't shipped it yet. I'm concerned about my privacy. I can't wipe the hd clean because I sold the computer with valuable software on it. What ...
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How can I change my Apple ID password on my iPad 2?

I just upgraded my iPad 2 to iOS 6. I am trying to access the App Store for the very first time ever (trying to get the free iBooks app). It keeps telling me I'm using the wrong password. I did not ...
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Can the OS X keychain juggle two accounts for the same site?

I have a different passwords for: www.example.com/foo/login and www.example.com/bar/login It seems as if the keychain only saves the passwords in relation to the sitename as it does not make ...
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Change to an different keyboard layout when entering passwords

I've just bought the Ipad 2, all my existing passwords that I need to use (mails web services etc) are in Arabic characters. I have added the Arabic Keyboard and am able to use it in normal text ...
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Can't log in until after reboot

I have an iMac running OS X Mavericks and OS X Server. The OS X Server services running are Time Machine and Xcode. A couple of times per week, the iMac gets into a state where I cannot log in. I can ...
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Convenient way to store sensitive information on Mac/iPad?

Currently I keep an obscurely-named text file on my hard drive which contains things like bank account and credit card details, various passwords, PINs, and other bits of sensitive/confidential ...
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How do I reset/recover my superuser password without the boot disk?

I lost the superuser password for my iMac and I don't have the boot disk. I already tried the second answer on this page, but every time I type su from the command prompt, it still asks for a ...
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Is there a default SSH password on Mac OS X?

If I create an account, and don't give it a password, what's the password to SSH it?
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How to stop “password reset” emails from Apple?

Every day or two, I get another "how to reset your AppleID password" from Apple. They assure me my account is secure. I've never gotten more than one of these from any other individual service, ...
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What's the simplest way to password protect a text file?

I'd like to password protect a text file. Not necessarily a .txt file - just a file that's got text in it that I can edit with a standard text editor. I'd like to set a password and be prompted for it ...
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I forgot the Password for WPA/WPA2 Personal where can I get it

I'am trying to set up a wireless connection to my HP OfficeJet printer. For this I need to enter the password to my WLAN which I forgot. How and where can I retrieve it?
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Is it possible to view passwords through Terminal?

Does anyone know how to view passwords in Terminal? Maybe by accessing the Keychain data or something? I want to be able to view passwords in Terminal with just a series of commands.
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How to sync usernames/passwords between Mac Firefox & iPad Safari?

I use Firefox on my Mac and have hundreds of website passwords saved in its password store. I don't even remember my passwords half the time for the various sites that I use. How can I sync the ...
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How to open files from unknown developers without a warning in OSX?

I believe I have too much security on my mac. Whenever I try changing a file name or install a program I have to enter my laptop's password. Moreover, I cannot quickly access downloaded programs ...
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Is my system vulnerable to Apple's new password-in-clear-text bug?

With the latest Lion security update, Mac OS X 10.7.3, Apple has accidentally turned on a debug log file outside of the encrypted area that stores the user’s password in clear text. How can I ...
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Repeated pop-ups 'Safari wants to use the “login” keychain'

I get repeated pop-ups saying I then enter the password But the system always keeps on telling me it's the wrong password, which I'm sure it's not This is what the Details reveal: What is ...
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I forgot my Encrypt Local Backup password. How can I start over?

In iTunes (Windows 7) Encrypt local backup is checked, and I can't remember the password. I don't need to restore my iPad; I just want to be able to back it up. If I attempt to uncheck this, iTunes ...
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How do I change user password on non-AD Windows Server from a Mac?

I have a Windows server (Win 2003) not using AD, just a simple local file server. My Mac clients can log in fine to the server using SMB in the Connect To Server window on the Mac, and they can ...
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Keychain says “Access to this item is restricted” after upgrading to Lion

I recently upgraded to Lion and since then I haven't been able to use Keychain to look at my stored passwords. When I click on the checkbox to show them it prompts me for my master password, then ...
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Problem with ssh agent

I'm having a problem using ssh agent to make sure I don't have to enter a password each time a certain program uses my id_rsa private key. I did ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_rsa and it seemed to add an entry ...
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Recover docx files

We have just discovered that none of the passwords on our word documents work any longer, and I need a recommendation of an application that I can use to recover the files. I believe the files had ...
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How do I stop iCal from always asking for a password?

I have several (webcal) subscription calendars on my iCal. Two of them require passwords stored in my keychain. At regular intervals, iCal will ask for my keychain password. Is there a way to set ...
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mac asking password after cd in terminal

Recently my mac has started asking me for a password after I use cd in Terminal.app (haven't tested other term apps). strangely though, if I press ctrl-C when the passowrd is asked, the question goes ...
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How to prevent password reset using OS X installation disc?

I want to set a master password for the whole machine, but it appears this can be easily bypassed. It is possible to reset the Mac OS X Password using the OS X installation disk and Password Reset ...
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Prevent users from unchecking “require password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver”

I've recently been given the task of securing a small network. One of the things we want to have happen is to have the computers lock down after a period of inactivity. The easy thing for this, of ...
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Disable Display of Letters on Password (iOS)

When typing a password in any password field on my ipad, it displays each letter I type for a short time. I'm on the train every day, and I always have people looking over my shoulder.. just can't ...
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Can I force password protection of specific apps on the iPad?

I am unable to find out how to force the iPad ask for my password when I want to use certain applications (e.g. e-mail) I want to be able to share the iPad but I don't want anyone to have access to ...
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How to avoid the GUI password prompt when using `osascript`?

I’d like to use the osascript shell command to run some AppleScript, but I’d rather avoid the GUI password prompt. Instead, I’d prefer to run the script as sudo from the command-line, so no GUI ...
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Recursive Apple ID password procedure?

One of my friends has forgotten his Apple ID password and is attempting to reset it. I told him to go to Apple's password reset page, which he has done. He opted for email authentication/reset since ...
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the iCloud IMAP server “p01-imap.mail.me.com” rejected the password for user xxxxxx

I reset my Apple ID (@me.com - Only have ONE account) as Apple asked me to update my information with a more strong password. I can login just fine into iCloud mail from the web and check, see my ...
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Root password stopped working

I used to be able to enable “root” user and log in under it. (I know this is not recommended but let's just assume there is an actual reason for doing so.) I just repeated the instructions, set ...
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How can I tell Mobile Safari to stop remembering to never remember my password?

I've changed my mind about having Safari/iCloud Keychain never remember my password for a given website. I'd like to remove that setting and store the password, but I can't find any ability to ...
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KeePass application with synchronization support on a Mac?

I'm looking for a KeePass application for use on Mac OSX. KeePassX and KyPass 3 but both lack support for synchronization of KeePass 2 (.kdbx) databases. KeePassX will just plain overwrite the ...
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iPhone says “The Apple Id you entered Couldn't be found or was incorrect. Please try again.”

All of a sudden my iPhone 4 (iOS4.0.2) can no longer download apps. It says: The Apple Id you entered Couldn't be found or was incorrect. Please try again. I know for certain that the password ...
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Can I set up password protection for an external hard drive?

How do I set up password protection for an external hard drive?
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Someone has created an account using an email adress in a domain a I own

I own "mydomain.com" (actually something else!) and have a catchall to receive all emails sent to any xxxx@mydomain.com Earlier this week I received an email from appleid@id.apple.com asking me to ...
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Password protected video

I want to protect my instructional video with a password. There is a use case. When a user wants to play an encrypted file, the encrypted file will pop up a dialog box to request the user to enter a ...
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Locating A WiFi Network Password Within OS X That Has Been Saved On My Mac?

Is it possible to locate a wifi network password in OS X of a wifi hotspot that I may have used in the past (AFAIK wifi networks are saved), in the rare situation that I may need to see it (to share ...
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Does Console.app also log passwords?

I'm a newb of OS X (or any flavor of *Nix for that matter) so this came to mind lately.. As the Console.app logs every single process that's running, does to also mean passwords & such are also ...
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Make iTunes stop prompting me for my username and password

On OSX Lion, iTunes keeps prompting me to enter my username and password to "sign in to enable this computer for automatic downloads." In the past I tried checking the box to remember my password but ...
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What causes my iTunes password to expire?

A couple of months ago, after updating my iPad I think, my iTunes password expired all of a sudden. I've had this iTunes account for about 4 year now and back then it was first time it happened. Fast ...
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Stored password in Safari Versus Firefox

Is there a way to retrieve password stored in Safari as it is possible to do it in Firefox ?
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How do I show content of hidden password boxes?

About 1 year ago, I set up FTP access on a webserver that's being used for our client. The project temporarily stopped and is just resuming now. I need to set up the same FTP access on another ...
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Block access to folder or file in Mac OS X

Is there any way to block access to some particular file or folder in MacOS X, so that it can be protected by password?