How to hook into model attribute changes?

John Topley wrote:

What's the best way to hook into any changes made to the value of a
single model attribute? I need to know when the encrypted_password
attribute on my User model changes i.e. when the user has changed their
password. I'm not interested in the actual changed value, I just need to
know when it's been changed so that I can regenerate their API key as

Something like

class User
   def encrypted_password=(ep)
     self.api_key = API.gen_key(ep) # if ep != encrypted_password

The condition isn't necessary in this case because the
encrypted_password is only set if a password change is
detected, not on every form submission by the user.