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Store application passwords and serials with the program System
I have a lot of trouble with passwords. Generally when I register a program, I get the password and if I then have to re-install a program, it's a case of "where did I put that stupid password?"

To overcome this problem, I now Control-click on the program in question, and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. I then create a text file with the password within the package itself. When the program is then backed up, it's stored with its associated password. I now find it much easier to locate that password when I need to reinstall the program in the future.

[robg adds: Although written about passwords, I assume the author's intent was to cover application serial numbers as well.]
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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: Lou Kash on Dec 18, '06 09:11:41AM

If you update your application, usually you will replace the old app bundle with the new one. The serial number you stored inside will be lost then...



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: BulbVivid on Dec 18, '06 09:44:38AM
I like to use Licensed to store my serials: http://amarsagoo.info/licensed/index.shtml

Simple, easy, and free.

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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: chocky on Dec 18, '06 09:49:08AM
Sounds to me like a job for Keychain Access! I've been using the Secure Notes feature of Keychain Access to store serial numbers and passwords for quite some time now. I also synchronize my Keychain files to my dotMac account so I can access them from any machine. If you don't have a dotMac account you could still synchronize the file(s), or at least back them up, either manually or with any one of several synchronizing tools.

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Precisely what I was going to suggest
Authored by: lullabud on Dec 18, '06 10:56:34AM

I find that this is the best option because it keeps the serials secure and all in a single place to serve as a reminder of what you have purchased and may need to reinstall if you're moving to a new machine or doing disaster recovery. Hell, I even store my windows app serials in my keychain secure notes. :)



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: grolaw on Dec 18, '06 02:44:45PM

I use the Keychain Notes for exactly that purpose.

If the program gets so corrupted that you can't access it - what good is storing the info inside it?



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: zpjet on Dec 19, '06 05:12:15AM

the same here. i even don't keep usually copies of apps/installers of shareware, as they can be downloaded again.



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: tpressman on Dec 18, '06 09:49:46AM

I recently went through and added custom items to the keychain access program. I keep passwords and serial numbers in my Keychain Access program. If I need to look up a password or serial number, I just open keychain access, select the item from the list and the click the show password checkbox. A dialog comes up to authenticate and my password is displayed in plain text. I use this for websites, software, applications serial numbers, instant messengers, etc. So far so good! The good thing about using keychain access is that all of your passwords are kept secure - all you need to view them is your single keychain password. Unfortunately keychain access doesn't automatically fill in the passwords or serials, but it's a great place to stash them. Your keychain is stashed in your ~/Library/Keychains folder (in case you want to back it up). You can create customized keychains, etc.



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: boredzo on Dec 18, '06 10:55:23AM

Another way would be to Get Info on the app and store the password/serial-number in the comments. However, Lou Kash's excellent warning applies to this solution as well.



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Store application passwords and serials with the program
Authored by: kamath on Dec 18, '06 07:20:06PM

I'm lazy. I have a text file (kept in the parent directory of my FtpDir directory) with serial numbers/passwords. It's backed up every now and again. I also copy it to my other machine (used a a fileserver) where I keep application updates (I keep almost all application downloads and their updates. I make images of the CDs, and put them there too).

If I want encryption, I use gpg ('cause that works on my mac, my work linux machine, and my Sun machines (both the ones running OpenBSD and the ones Solaris)).

For passwords on the web, on my Sun box I have a GPG encrypted file with passwords, and a short script to extract username/passwords based on web site. I don't keep things in my keychain unless they're specific to my mac. Whilst I have .mac, I don't back up to that (I like control of my own files, thank you), and I don't use keychain for websites because I generally hate autofill, etc. Sooner or later you're using a friends machine to do something you need to do, and can't remember the password. If you never type it in, you never remember it. Of course, since I have my passwords under an encrypted file on my personal machine that I ssh into. . . I can get at it from almost anywhere. :-)



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