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How do I disable Keychain

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HorsewareIT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 9, 2012 4:14 AM

For our users Keychain is a nightmare - especially because they do not remember the first password - as the network enforces them to change it every 90 days. With this the keychain pop keeps coming up constantly and is affecting the users working. So I would like to know how to stop keychain or to disable it?

Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,895 points)
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    Feb 9, 2012 4:25 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    You don't want to do that. Besides being the location for passwords, Keychain stores numerous certificates, which are needed to verify the authenticity of secure (https/SSL) connections.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)
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    Feb 9, 2012 9:42 PM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    I am very confused here. If they do not know their password.... then how are they getting e-mail?

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 10, 2012 3:06 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    HorsewareIT wrote:


    So how can I stop the Key chain from popping up?

    That's not the issue. It seems to me something in your system is not properly configured. Start here






  • SachaRathe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 8:08 PM (in response to fane_j)

    I hate the keychain. I use google chrome to store my passwords and I don't care who can acess it or how much better other people think the keychain is. I want to disable it. It defeats the purpose of storing passwords if you have to enter a stupid password everytime you use a stored one. So can someone tell me how to disable the keychain please?

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,895 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 8:52 PM (in response to SachaRathe)

    Go ahead trash it and see what happens. Be my guest.



    /System/Library/SyncServices/AutoRegistration/Schemas/ ema








    /System/Library/Frameworks/SecurityInterface.framework/Versions/A/Resources/zh_T W.lproj/KeychainSettingsPanel.nib (and many more where these are.)




  • Robert Assum Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 4:44 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)



    don't know if you have solved this problem alreday. I also think this keychain is a very bad thing for a professional environment as it' s just not thought to the end. The thing is you have to teach your users changing their passwords only using a Mac and only then in the system preferences / users part. This is for my knowledge the only place Mac OS X tries to keep those passwords in sync. Also whey your users use more than one Mac or logging in to other machines I made the best experience in setting up mobile accounts and sync the whole folder ~/Library/Keychains between the machines. This makes sure that when you cange the account password on one Mac the keychain will replicate to all other machines you logon and so the password of the account and the keychain fits again. Works ok for me. Anyway my keychain has Alzheimer and I have to type randomly passwords once in a while. Especially Messages and FaceTime passwords are a horror.


    Hope it helps.





  • setch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    I'm having a similar problem.  I tried this:


    And that got rid of the majority of the pop-ups, but it's still doing it.  I have to click "cancel" on the pop-ups 3 times each time it pops up, which is frequently.  In order to reset my password for this site so that I could post to this discussion I has to enter 2 characters into the box, click "cancel" on the pop-up 3X, enter 2 more characters, click cancel 3 more times...  etc. for both the new password and the confirmation.  It also wouldn't let me use the password I wanted to, which is why I couldn't remember what it was in the first place, it keeps making me change it to something new.  Aside from keeping passwords on a post it note on the computer, which would defeat the purpose, I don't know how to get around this.


    ...and I used to prefer macs because they were more user friendly.  I've been having trouble with tabs in safari not closing when I click on the "X", and other little stuff for a long time too.  In the last year or so I'm starting to think that as long as I have to put up with this kind of buggy stuff I might as well do it on a PC for half the price.

  • WildinPunk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2014 3:00 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    Hello you can reset the users keychain by deleting the  keychain preferences in Users/Library/Keychains then deleted the contents of that folder log out and and log back in and the keychain password will reset to the users current password hope this helps

  • terry999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2014 10:49 AM (in response to WildinPunk)

    WildinPunk, that was a great tip, worked perfectly to put to death in 10 seconds the incessant password prompts that were driving my daughter crazy on her account.  You are our hero of the day!

  • ComputerGeek147 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 25, 2014 8:59 PM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    What I did is: Went into Keychain Access and I went to the login tab, I right clicked it and it said delete. I thought it was pretty self explanitory that it would stop it from popping up while logging into something, and it worked. So it hasn't popped up with a keychain since I did this.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    Mar 25, 2014 10:48 PM (in response to ComputerGeek147)

    However, if one does that, they lose all their saved keychains and passwords.

    iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), SL & ML, G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • rcgrohn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:20 AM (in response to HorsewareIT)

    Why does Apple not offer a tool to automatically sync the login password with the keychain password when Active Directoy needs to be used? Maybe add a button "Sync with AD" in the user account area?

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