Can I back up Key­chain?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I’ve had a lin­ger­ing iCloud Key­chain au­then­ti­ca­tion is­sue since mov­ing from the be­tas to fi­nal iOS 8. I had to wait un­til my tax re­turn was filed to en­sure I wouldn’t lose vi­tal pass­words by re­set­ting my key­chain. Since do­ing that I have in­deed lost some web­site lo­gins stored in iCloud. How do you keep an up-to-date copy of all of your key­chain data to re­store later? Stuff stored in iCloud couldn’t be ex­ported from Key­chain Ac­cess on my Mac. Janette Stone iCloud Key­chain is de­signed for sync­ing pass­words be­tween de­vices, rather than back­ing them up. It au­to­mat­i­cally and silently syncs pass­words to ap­proved de­vices. As you’ve found, that key­chain can’t be backed up eas­ily from your Mac. Copy­ing pass­words back out of Key­chain Ac­cess has to be done one at a time – time con­sum­ing if you have many of them. You could write an Ap­pleScript to au­to­mate this. Al­ter­na­tives such as 1Pass­word, while of­fer­ing poorer in­te­gra­tion with iOS, en­able you to keep tra­di­tional lo­cal back­ups of your key­chain.

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