Password-scanning technology is gaining ground, but there are ways you can help secure your Mac against it.
Apple's FileVault 2 whole-disk encryption can be unencrypted within an hour, according to encryption and password-recovery company Passware.
Password recovery firm Passware says that Mac passwords can be obtained over Firewire on computers that have enabled automatic login.
Russian cryptography company ElcomSoft has developed a tool that makes cracking iWork document passwords easier.
Though currently only a proof-of-concept, this approach and code may allow malware developers to more easily capture keychain contents.
Since the news of Passware being able to decrypt FileVault over FireWire connections, Mac users might be concerned about the integrity of the security on their computers.
If you're wondering how FileVault disk encryption for OS X will work with your existing drive setup, and more, MacFixIt has answers.