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Mac Format - - MAC SOS - by Luis Vil­la­zon Luis has pass­words that are un­changed since 1995, but his Ap­ple IDs seems to change four times a year.

I changed my Ap­ple ID pass­word the other day. I shouldn’t have, but I was be­ing im­pa­tient. I turned my Mac on, and it was a lit­tle slow to fin­ish log­ging into ev­ery­thing, so Ap­ple Mu­sic timed out and thought my pass­word was wrong. I don’t know why apps al­ways leap to the con­clu­sion that I have for­got­ten my pass­word, even though they have just au­to­mat­i­cally re­trieved it from my keychain.

Even more in­ex­pli­ca­ble is that I am fool enough to ac­tu­ally be­lieve them. I clicked the ‘for­got­ten pass­word’ link, which of course doesn’t ac­tu­ally re­mind you what your pass­word is – the link

Ap­ple’s for­got­ten pass­word link doesn’t re­mind you what it is – it should say “I want to re­set my pass­word”

should ac­tu­ally say ‘I want to re­set my pass­word’. If I change my Ama­zon pass­word or my PayPal pass­word, it’s a 30-sec­ond job. But iCloud syncs with so many dif­fer­ent ser­vices that within a couple of min­utes I was flooded with prompts. Mail, Cal­en­dars, Back to My Mac and iCloud Drive all wanted me to tell them the new pass­word.

So did iTunes. In fact, it needed to be told the pass­word once to sign in to Ap­ple Mu­sic and again to con­firm my pay­ment in­for­ma­tion. Then, ev­ery time I restarted my Mac, iTunes needed to be told all over again. I fixed this by sign­ing out of the iTunes Store and then in again, but I must’ve en­tered this pass­word 20 times – no ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

On the plus side, it was a good way of help­ing me mem­o­rise it.

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