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KeyChain Password Keeps Popping Up

14045 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2006 4:40 AM by Petra Lehmann RSS
Eric Willie Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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May 20, 2006 7:45 AM
(Only) ... so far .... on my daughter's User Acoount, when she is in Safari, etc. before she can use the apllications she is trying to use, the Key Chain Password window opens up each and every time and she has to click on the cancel button each time before she can go on. Where and What neesd changing in the Preferences/ Other so this doesn't keep happening ?

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iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Petra Lehmann Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2006 10:32 AM (in response to Eric Willie)
    Hi Eric,
    her keychain password and her account password are different. Just change the keychain password to her login password and all is dandy.
    -Petra
    Dual G5 1.8, Alu PowerBooks, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Petra Lehmann Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
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    May 21, 2006 10:50 AM (in response to Eric Willie)
    Hi Eric,

    if you do not know the password of her keychain then there is no way to change the password. This is what makes the keychain so secure: no password - no access.

    By default, both your login and your keychain password are the same. Once you log into your account the keychain is opened and all applications that need a particular password to perform their duty can automatically retrieve that password from the keychain without any user interaction.

    However, once your keychain has a different password it will not open on login. The applications will still try to access the stored informations but cannot do so, without giving them the keychain password. That is why these windows pop up, asking you for the keychain's password.

    So, either you come up with the correct password and then change it to one that matches your daughter's login password or you will have to delete the keychain: In Keycain Access, choose Keychain List from the Edit menu and then delete the "login" keychain. Deleting the keychain removes the keychain from the Keychains list but does not remove the keychain file from your disk. If you remember your password later, you can recover the items stored in the keychain by choosing Edit > Keychain List and adding this file.

    -Petra
    Dual G5 1.8, Alu PowerBooks, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • George Orville Level 4 Level 4 (2,060 points)
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    May 22, 2006 4:53 PM (in response to Petra Lehmann)
    Petra..The following is not quite correct..... Deleting the keychain removes the keychain from the Keychains list but does not remove the keychain file from your disk

    A person has a choice .......

    When you delete the keychain, you have two options:
    A— “Delete References.... removes the keychain from the keychain list but does not remove the keychain file from your disk. If you remember your password later, you can recover the items stored in the keychain by choosing File > Add Keychain and opening this file.

    B— Removes files from your disk. You might choose this if the file is corrupted or damaged in some way and you don't want to recover it
    • Perform the following steps......
    1. Open.... Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.
    2. In the Toolbar. Click “Show Keychains” if the keychain drawer is closed, then select the keychain you want todelete.
    3. From File> Delete "keychain" ....(the command will show the name of the selected keychain).
    4. Click “Delete References” or “Delete References & Files”.

    george
    iMac Flat Panel 1.25GHz 80GB 256MB, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Petra Lehmann Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
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    May 23, 2006 4:40 AM (in response to George Orville)
    Hi George,
    yep, that is what I meant. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.
    -Petra
    Dual G5 1.8, Alu PowerBooks, Mac OS X (10.3.9)

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