How to | au­to­mate your pass­words with iCloud Key­chain

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

1

Turn the key

Open > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and click the iCloud icon. We’ll as­sume you’re al­ready signed into your ac­count. Scroll down the list of fea­tures and turn on the Key­chain op­tion, en­ter the pass­word for your Ap­ple ID when asked for it, then click the OK but­ton.

2 Set

a se­cu­rity code

En­ter a four-digit se­cu­rity code, or see step 3 for stronger op­tions. If you for­get it, Key­chain can’t be set up with­out re­set­ting the online copy – an ex­ist­ing copy can be re­tained on your Mac to start over, though. En­ter a code, click Next, then con­firm it.

3 Set

a stronger code

Al­ter­na­tively, click Ad­vanced to set a more com­plex code that can con­tain letters and sym­bols, or to have a 24-char­ac­ter code gen­er­ated for you – you’ll prob­a­bly want to write that one down and keep it some­where safe be­cause it’s hard to me­morise.

4 Risky sit­u­a­tion

Choos­ing to have no se­cu­rity code doesn’t make your ac­count less se­cure, but it’s trou­ble­some if you have only one de­vice and it’s lost or be­comes in­op­er­a­ble. You won’t be able to set up Key­chain on a re­place­ment de­vice and will have to start over.

5 Ver­i­fi­ca­tion codes

En­ter a mo­bile num­ber that can re­ceive SMS mes­sages, then click Done. Key­chain is now ticked in iCloud’s pref­er­ences. Mes­sages are sent only when you try to en­able Key­chain on another de­vice, where you’ll be re­quired to en­ter a ver­i­fi­ca­tion code from the SMS.

6 Aut­oFill in Sa­fari

In Sa­fari’s pref­er­ences, click Aut­oFill and tick ‘User names and pass­words’. When you log in to a web­site, Sa­fari asks whether to save your cre­den­tials to iCloud Key­chain. This isn’t com­pul­sory – you might want to ex­clude online bank­ing sites, for ex­am­ple.

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