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Safari and saved passwords

1918 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2008 7:40 PM by Jeffrey Leow RSS
Jeffrey Leow Calculating status...
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Nov 5, 2007 5:10 AM

i was wondering if any faced this same problem whereby Safari just doesn't remember the passwords anymore?

under safari > preferences > autofill > i have everything checked, incl users name and passwords

however, when i navigate to a website with a username/email and password to be entered, the email/username autofills, but NOT the password.

(i have been to this site, entered the password, and saved before)

however, when i type in the same password, safari says, "this password is different ... would you like to save"

of cos i do instead of "not now" or "never" but it just happenss time and time again

i have tried to "remove all" usernames and password from preferences > autofill but it didnt help

please help... its irritating me and firefox now seeems a SMARTER alternative.
Powerbook G4 1.5Ghz 15" 1Gb Ram, iMac 20" Intel Core Duo 1.5Gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), External 250GiB HDD (FW800), Brother HL-2040 (wireless with Airport Express)
  • Dion Rodrigues Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 5:33 AM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)
    Try repairing permissions on your HD and see if it fixes your problem - Safari might just be getting bugged by the system.
    15' MacBook Pro C2D, 2.13 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5), Running Mac OS X Leopard - Zero problems!
  • Da BomB Calculating status...
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    Nov 6, 2007 6:23 PM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)

    I have not yet found this problem, however a few sites there is a box that says something like "Remember Me" If this is not checked it may not fill it in....
    Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Elstro Calculating status...
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    Nov 27, 2007 6:34 PM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)
    I found this answer on another discussion question.

    Open Utilities:Keychain Access
    Click on Passwords in left column
    Scroll down to "Safari Forms Autofill" and double-click
    Open access control window
    Click radio button that says "Allow all applications to access this item"
    Close window--you will be prompted for your password.

    Note: this works for other items in the password window.
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • jeremyweiss Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2007 6:57 PM (in response to Elstro)
    I'm having the same problem. The problem with the solution above is that it allows ALL programs to access your web passwords, which is obviously a security risk.
    Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Logan Anderson Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2007 11:26 AM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)
    I'm having the same problem. In Keychain Access, the password for the site I'm trying to access is the correct one, but when I try to enter, entry's refused. I make one change to the password -- backspacing over the last character and entering the SAME character -- hit enter and Safari tells me the password is different from the one saved -- *+WHICH IT'S NOT+*. I save it anyway and things work fine, so long as Safari is up and running. I can log out of the site, re-logon and there's no problem. As soon as I quit Safari and try to re-enter the same site, it starts all over again. There's a bug in here somewhere.
    Powerbook G4 15w/SuperDrive, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 60 gig; 750 mb ram
  • MacMAML Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2007 5:06 PM (in response to Logan Anderson)
    Same problem here, and this is happening on a clean install of Leopard on a brand new PowerBook. The only thing I can think of is that in setting it up, I initially told it to sync Keychains with my other Macs through .mac. Any chance other people encountering this problem also setup a .mac sync of keychains?
    Al PowerBook 1.25 GHZ/15", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • BobP1776 Level 3 Level 3 (695 points)
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    Dec 5, 2007 5:13 PM (in response to Logan Anderson)
    Make sure you don't have Private Browsing enabled in the Safari menu. With that enabled I believe Safari deliberately declines to remember various pieces of information -- including passwords -- to keep other users of THE SAME ACCOUNT from being able to see/use them.
    Powerbook G4 17" (1.5 GHz), Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • MacMAML Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2007 8:57 PM (in response to BobP1776)
    Thanks, but private browsing isn't enabled. At first I thought it was a .mac sync issue, but creating a clean account on the laptop (not really a PowerBook as I said, in the first post, but a new MBP), had essentially the same problem. Saved passwords wouldn't stick. This isn't an issue on my iMac running Leopard 10.5.1.

    I've tinkered a little further, and I can delete the entries from the keychain and copy in a new entry from a clean keychain imported from the iMac (using file copy, instead of .mac sync). That will load and retain the passwords properly, but then I discover new wrinkle to this problem. Safari can no longer keep track of passwords for multiple usernames for the site. My wife and I have different usernames for webmail sites. It won't retain separate passwords for each username.

    No third party extensions/hacks. Again, this was a pristine system. Several people seem to have similar problems, so I'm hoping Apple's working on it.
    MacBook Pro 2.2 GHZ/15", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • PJB1977 Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2007 7:47 PM (in response to MacMAML)
    I have the same problem safari only keeps one password per webpage. It caches multiple usernames, but will only save one password. Very stupid and annoying. Firefox does not have this problem. Deleting the keychain, repairing etc do not help.

    Why hasn't apple fixed this bug yet, it has been over a month now!!!!!
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • MithrilFox2 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 7, 2007 8:12 PM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)
    No matter what I do, Safari can't seem to keep me logged into messageboards and the like. Passwords and usernames both are sometimes missing, and I changed all the appropriate preferences. Yes, I'm suffering the same as you...
  • BrettMeister Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2007 8:16 PM (in response to Jeffrey Leow)
    Same prob here. Safari 2 worked like a million dollars under Tiger. Will remember my password until I close, then will remember my user name; but, not the pw. BTW, Firefox is not the only option. It's a dog compared to Camino, which is much friendlier to my Mac system and lighter weight and is not the dog that Firefox is load-time-wise.
    Intel MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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