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11. Securing and Protecting Your MacBook... > Tracking Passwords with Keychain Acc...

Tracking Passwords with Keychain Access

When you use Safari, connect to file shares, or use other secure services, you’re frequently prompted to Save To Keychain. When you save your passwords, you’re storing them in a special system-wide database that manages secure information—called the keychain.

Unknown to many, you can use the Keychain Access utility (found in the Applications folder under the Utilities folder) to view and modify records in your keychain. You can even use Keychain Access to store arbitrary data (such as notes, passwords, and so on) that you’d like to have encrypted. Keychain values can only be accessed when the keychain is unlocked.

There are multiple different keychain databases you can access or create. By default, passwords and account information are stored in a keychain named Login, which is automatically unlocked when you log into your account.


  

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