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A guided introduction and learning path for developers new to implementing security features in Mac OS X.

Mac OS X offers a large selection of system-level security, authentication, and cryptographic services that you can use to easily add security into your products. You can also extend some of Mac OS X's built-in services to offer custom security features, such as managing certificates, public and private keys, and restricting access to parts of your application. Mac OS X's reliable security technologies are built on top of the robust open source Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) API. Read more...

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