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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Alco Blom has released version 1.2 of Web Confidential, his $35 shareware utility for securely storing passwords and other confidential information using 448-bit encryption (see "Web Confidential: Securing Information of All Sorts" in TidBITS 441). Version 1.2 adds a number of preferences for saving automatically, confirming deletions, and sorting entries. It also includes a Contextual Menu Manager (CMM) plug-in that eases entry of data into Web Confidential for users of Mac OS 8.0 or higher. First install the plug-in (and Apple Data Detectors, which enable contextual menus in any application), then Control-click on selected text and choose a menu item to transfer the selected text to one of the fields of a Web Confidential card. Version 1.2 is free to registered users and is a 424K download.

 

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