iCloud Keychain: How to use Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads

“Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads, iCloud Keychain is designed to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi logins and lots of other critical data safe while also making it much easier for you to create and recall complex passcodes,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“When you enter a new password in Safari, you’ve probably seen iCloud Keychain ask if you would like it to save it for use across all your devices,” Evans writes. “So long as you are running iOS 7.0.3 or later or OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later, iCloud Keychain will store the following items securely in iCloud. Once secured in iCloud Keychain, you will be able to access all these items securely from any Apple system logged into your Apple ID.: Safari website usernames and passwords; Credit card information; Wi-Fi network information; Ensure Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Messages are synced across all your devices; Protect, access and deploy your LinkedIn, Twitter and other Internet account logins and passwords.”

“Is iCloud Keychain safe?” Evans writes. “Technically, iCloud Keychain is highly secure: Keychain passwords and credit card numbers are encrypted with 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). End-to-end encryption, your data is protected with a unique (device) key and your device passcode, which only you know…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We use iCloud Keychain and Keychain Access extensively and recommend Apple macOS and iOS users do so, too.

Always use unique passwords and use Apple’s Keychain Access and iCloud Keychain to create and manage them. When used properly, it works like a dream.

A comprehensive guide to Apple’s very useful iCloud Keychain – January 4, 2017
Apple’s built-in Keychain vs. 1Password or LastPass – April 29, 2016


    1. Hey trondude, but if you have over a hundred email accounts, bank accounts and other websites (such as MacDailyNews, Netflix, Apple ID, WiFi, Amazon & other places you shop, Frequent Flyer, Utility Companies, Skype, etc.) – each with different passwords, then you have to keep them all written down in a book. You have to carry the book with you wherever you go. You must keep the book up-to-date with constantly changing passwords or adding new ones each time you add a new website. And then, if you lose the book, it’s not encrypted!

  1. Question, I have to take my laptop to Apple for a screen repair. How would you recommend I give them access to the laptop
    and Turn Off the keychain? is that reliable?
    or I know I sound paranoid, because I am, but if I only gave them access to my Guest user, are my keychains, still not accessible? it always seems like they wipe my drive every time they touch it anyway. ok, Any help would be appreciated.

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