Want to use secure passwords, but fearful you'll get in a bind if you use ones too complicated to memorize? You'll always be able to access critical passwords if you take these steps.
If you want to protect private information, you need long, strong, and unique passwords. That means not using the same password for every one of your accounts, but we all know that's easier said than done. In this three-part series, Joe Kissell shows you how to create, manage, and remember good passwords.
Once you've committed to using strong passwords for every account you have, you have to figure out some way to remember all of them. Password managers provide the easiest—and most secure—answer.
Passwords protect your credit card, bank account, and personal data. But how many of us rely on the same one (involving a pet's name to boot) for every account we have? Here's how to create long, strong passwords that you'll be able to remember.
Three easy steps to taming e-mail clutter once and for all
Sometimes you don’t have an Internet connection. But you can still check e-mail and browse the Web. Joe Kissell explains how.
If you have several e-mail accounts, you can make your life simpler by routing them all through Google’s Gmail. Joe Kissell shows you how.
You can find e-mail messages more easily if you categorize them first. Here’s how.
You can find messages in Mail and Entourage more efficiently if you flag them. Joe Kissell explains.
If you usually find yourself needing information from the Web when you’re in your e-mail client or your word processor, you might prefer to use a search tool you can access without opening a browser first. Here’s how.
Run-of-the-mill Google searches usually turn up useful results, but sometimes you need to look beyond the ubiquitous search engine to find what you need. Here's how to search smarter using other search engines and tools.
Tips for faster, easier, and more-effective Web searches
Run-of-the-mill Google searches usually turn up useful results, but you can supercharge your searching—saving time and getting more-relevant matches—with these tips.
Apple's MobileMe service is a fine way to sync your calendars and contacts, to publish Web sites, and to share photos—as long as you don't mind the $99 annual fee. If you'd rather not pay the fee, you do have other options. Joe Kissell explains what they are.
An important aspect of MobileMe is the way Apple’s online service integrates with its iLife suite of digital lifestyle applications. iWeb, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand become extra powerful when used in conjunction with a MobileMe subscription. In this excerpt from Take Control of MobileMe, Joe Kissell shows you some of the things you can do with iLife and MobileMe.