3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2013 2:21 PM by Linc Davis
Missyzippy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

why does keychain ask for password at start up?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: why does keychain ask for password at start up?
    petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,205 points)

    Missyzippy wrote:

     

    why does keychain ask for password at start up?

    As a security measure, so nobody can get into Keychain and access all your passwords. Simple, really.

     

    Cheers

     

    Pete

  • 2. Re: why does keychain ask for password at start up?
    putnik Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)

    I presume you mean in addtion to the normal user account login?  Perhaps you have locked the Keychain app itself.  Can you provide a screenshot of the message you get?  ie:

     

    Screen shots.... SHIFT+CMD+3 for the whole screen or SHIFT+CMD+4 and select just the message box.  Then select the image icon in the forum message menu.  That is, if this works at that point in the startup?

  • 3. Re: why does keychain ask for password at start up?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,920 points)

    Back up all data.

     

    Launch the Keychain Access application in any of the following ways:

     

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Keychain Access in the icon grid.

     

    Select the login keychain from the list on the left side of the Keychain Access window. If your default keychain has a different name, select that.

     

    If the lock icon in the top left corner of the window shows that the keychain is locked, click to unlock it. You'll be prompted for the keychain password, which is the same as your login password, unless you've changed it.

     

    Right-click or control-click the login entry in the list. From the menu that pops up, select Change Settings for Keychain "login". In the sheet that opens, uncheck both boxes, if not already unchecked.

     

    From the menu bar, select

       

    Keychain Access Preferences First Aid

      

    If the box marked Keep login keychain unlocked is not checked, check it.

     

    Select

      

    Keychain Access Keychain First Aid

       

    from the menu bar and repair the keychain. Quit Keychain Access.