Tips & Tricks: CheckBook Pro’s Optional Passwords – Emphasis on the ‘Optional’

Passwords are great.  Well, most of the time…

In CheckBook Pro (and its little brother CheckBook), passwords serve as a casual deterrent to help protect your personal Account information from prying eyes.  But…sometimes passwords can be more trouble than they’re worth.  Like when you’re trying to get into the application and the password you’re typing in just doesn’t seem to take.  Well, there are a couple of things to remember when this happens:

First off, since CheckBook Pro’s passwords are cAsE-SeNSItIvE, you’ll need to be very sure you’re typing in the exact case as when you created the password.  So, capitalize what’s necessary and leave the rest in lowercase.  Now, this is where that pesky Caps Lock key on your keyboard can be your worst enemy.  Get in the habit of looking for that little dot of green light on the Caps Lock key each time you go to type your password into CheckBook Pro.  That way NOT EVERYTHING GETS CAPITALIZED 🙂 .

Actually, if you find that your memory isn’t what it used to be, why not try forgetting about the passwords altogether?  After all, they’re completely optional.   So the option is waved alluringly in front of your face when you open up CheckBook Pro for the first time – don’t feel obligated to fill in those fields.  It’s perfectly respectable to rely on your Mac’s password to protect your CheckBook Pro Accounts data.  Just make sure your Mac isn’t setup to login automatically and that it requires a password when unattended.

To remove an unwanted Account password in CheckBook Pro, click on the Account menu at the top of the screen.  Next, choose ‘Edit Account…’ from the list of options.  A sheet with several options will appear.  Clear the black dots from the fields labeled ‘Optional Password’ and ‘Re-type Password’.  Hit OK and the password will be gone forever.

Good luck and enjoy CheckBook Pro with or without a password!

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