Any issues using "use icloud password" for login?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by gpspad, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

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    I did a new install Yosemite and noticed the two different login options; one iOS for a standard password, the other to use the iCloud login. I did a quick search but can't find much on this feature.

    Are there any risks to using the iCloud login?

    If I don't have wireless access can I still login?

    If I change the password online, how long would it take to filter to the macbook?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I don’t think it needs an Internet connection for the login, it will store it locally. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to decrypt your hard drive with FileVault anymore (the password needs to be entered before the system can boot). But you do need access to the Internet to refresh your local copy of the password once it changes in the cloud.

    On that aspect I found the following discussion: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6717253. There might be a discrepancy between both passwords when the change is not immediately reflected on your system. That should be something to keep in mind. When you don’t have an Internet connection for several days, your password will obviously not be updated either.

    The risks are of course that you’re reducing the number of passwords from two to one. If your iCloud password is compromised, your Mac may be vulnerable.
     

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