Safe handling of your passwords is important. macOS has its own resources for this. In this article, we explain how to use passwords on macOS securely.
Passwords on macOS
When it comes to your passwords, there are a few standard things to keep in mind. For example, it is wise to choose a different password for each account. Passwords that are longer are more secure than passwords that are shorter. And it’s smart to use a password manager so you don’t have to remember all those secure passwords yourself.
If you use macOS, there are a lot of different password managers available. We believe these are the four best password apps that also have macOS versions of them. We also explain how to use a password manager in five steps.
macOS offers a keychain
You don’t need to download a third-party app, however, because, with the latest versions of macOS, it has become much easier to handle your passwords securely without additional programs.
Apple uses the word ‘keychain’ for that. This is an encrypted repository where your passwords are stored. This place is not only used for passwords, but also for other trusted data such as your credit card numbers. The idea of a key ring is that you always have it with you and only you can access it. This is also the case in macOS.
If you use iCloud, this keychain will be synchronized between all your devices. That means if you have a password stored on your iPhone, you can also find it on your Mac.
The Keychain app is on the Mac. There you will find all the passwords and other data that you have stored at Apple. There you can find every password. Of course, you have to log in before you can view the data, so that no one else can secretly see all your passwords on your Mac.
Create passwords via Safari
If you use Safari, the browser will recommend a strong password as soon as you try to create an account. All you have to do is tap ‘Use strong password’. You do not have to remember the password yourself, because Apple does this for you in a safe way. The password will be filled in automatically the next time you log in.
You can look up passwords you have created via Safari by going to ‘Preferences> Passwords’ in the browser. Or you can ask Siri for your passwords.