7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2011 4:07 PM by Hotwheels22
Hotwheels22 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Can anyone help me understand to what extent I can manage internet login information, passwords and the like with Keychain Access? Are there any technical documents explaining the extents of this tool?

I have been looking at digitizing all my notes, financial information, passwords and the like and right now I am using Things and looking at various "Password Managers".

Thanks for any advice.

Jon

Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Pro, MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: Keychain Access Help
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)
    Keychain Access->Help->Keychain Access Help should do the trick. For other security issues, see Mac OS X 10.6 Security Guide
  • 2. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    Hotwheels22 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi.

    I think we discussed this earlier but can I please ask you not to refer me to the Help Menu again, unless you are making reference to someplace specific? This is slightly discourteous and it is unhelpful since I have already searched the Help prior to posting. This is like recommending I google something which is too generic for most people's needs.

    I am interested in hearing from people that are /using/ the Mac in a manner that is similar to what I need and if you post in this way it prevents others from posting to the thread. Does that make sense? Can I please ask you for this courtesy?

    OTOH. If you have experience using Keychain to store internet web login passwords, atm passwords, debit card codes and the like I would be interested in discussing it with you. For instance, I'd like to know if I can access this software on my iPhone or whether I should be purchasing something like Wallet, OnePass etc
  • 3. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)
    Ah! The proverbial missing information bit again. Provide all the details on what you've tried, what didn't work, and responders, including me, won't repeat ourselves or muddle your head with discourtesies. I use KA for all my internet passwords, but don't use debit cards or an iPhone, so can't respond to those. Again, if you'd have provided those details, I most likely would have passed on responding. Have a good day.
  • 4. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    Hotwheels22 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Would you consider asking me questions when you are trying to answer my question rather than telling me what to do from now on?

    If not, would you consider not answering my questions in the future?

    I am trying to eliminate all negativity in 2011 and I'd like to get a jump on this.

    Thanks.
  • 5. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    bdmarsha Level 4 Level 4 (2,585 points)
    This information is from the Keychain Access help:

    Storing confidential information in your keychain
    You can use your keychain to securely store sensitive information unrelated to your computer, such as personal identification numbers (PINs) for a bank account, credit card numbers, confidential notes, cryptographic keys, and any other information that you want to keep private.

    Storing information in your keychain:

    Open Keychain Access, located in the Utilites folder in the Applications folder.

    Open Keychain Access
    If keychains are hidden, choose View > Show Keychains.

    Select the keychain you want to use.

    If the keychain is locked, click the lock icon, and then enter your keychain password to unlock it.

    Choose File > New Secure Note Item.

    Type a name for the note that will help you remember what it is.

    Type or paste the information you want to preserve in the Note field.

    Click Add.

    Enter a password if required.

    To view the contents of the note, select Secure Notes in the Category list and double-click the note. Select Show Note. You’ll be asked for your keychain password if you haven’t selected “Always allow access to this item” in the Access Control pane.

    NOTE:It’s a good idea to leave “Always allow access to this item” unselected for most items in your keychain. This provides greater security for your information.

    There may be other applications that utilize keychain for this purpose but I have never used them.

    bd
  • 6. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,945 points)
    can I please ask you not to refer me to the Help Menu again, unless you are making reference to someplace specific? This is slightly discourteous


    If you ask a generic question that sounds like it could be answered by reading the documentation, then I fail to understand how it is discourteous to point you to the documentation. Further, expecting an expert to explain something to you because you can't be bothered to read that documentation is very discourteous. It gets very old to those who have been here a while.

    I have already searched the Help prior to posting.


    Did you search it, or did you read it? If you read it, you should have some more specific questions. The keychain is pretty straightforward, so without more information about what you are trying to learn about, the documentation is the best thing we have to refer you to.
  • 7. Re: Keychain Access Help (iPHONE? Password Manager?)
    Hotwheels22 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi. Thanks for the link.

    If you or anyone on this thread is using keychain "actively" as opposed to "passively" I would be interested in knowing how you are using it, if you find it convenient etc, etc.

    Also, if anyone on this thread is using another password manager for financial information, asset lists, financial documents and/or internet passwords etc, etc I would love to hear from them.

    I'm also particularly interested in hearing from anyone using these on their iPhone.

    Thanks.