Why the extra pass­words?

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QWhen I start my MacBook Pro up and log in, I’m prompted for my password for two key­chains, named Lo­cal Items and lo­gin. How can I stop this? by Tim Jones

AThis is be­cause your Mac has two key­chains which it needs to open, nei­ther of which uses your cur­rent lo­gin password. It prob­a­bly re­sulted from chang­ing your lo­gin password, but that change not be­ing re­flected in your key­chains.

When you en­ter your lo­gin password, it’s used for two func­tions: to open ac­cess as that user, and to open that user’s de­fault key­chain, the one named lo­gin. If the password used for the lo­gin key­chain no longer matches that used to log in, when the Mac comes to open the user’s lo­gin key­chain, it dis­cov­ers that the password it has doesn’t match that for that key­chain, so prompt­ing you to en­ter the cur­rent password for that key­chain.

You can fix this us­ing Key­chain Ac­cess, in the Util­i­ties folder. Start that app, and se­lect your lo­gin key­chain at the left of the win­dow. In the Edit menu, use the Change Password for Key­chain ‘lo­gin’… com­mand, and change the password to the same that you use when log­ging in to your Mac.

You may need to open the Lo­cal Items key­chain and copy and paste items from that into your lo­gin key­chain so that macOS will never need to open that key­chain either.

This should en­sure that each time you log in, macOS can open the lo­gin key­chain with­out any need for the sep­a­rate alert, and that it can find all the in­for­ma­tion it needs there.

Set the password on your lo­gin key­chain to that used to log into your Mac, and you shouldn’t have to en­ter it twice.

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