iCloud Keychain Mavericks

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by zoliky, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. zoliky macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I would like to use iCloud Keychain with Safari.
    I do not understand why do we need this 4-digit password? If someone knows this 4-digit password can access all my passwords stored in iCloud? IMO 4-digits password is quite weak.
     

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  2. sflomenb macrumors 6502a

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    It's just an extra security measure... it's better than not having one.
     
  3. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    The iCloud security code is used for setting up the keychain on another device you own. Knowing that security code is not enough for someone to access your paswords. He/she also needs your iCloud username and password.
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    It's also only required when you set it up...I have an iPhone so got a text message with a code to input also.. Once done on all your devices, you shouldn't see that....I always uncheck "Require Password On Wakeup" too, as it's annoying, but I don't mind the enhanced security.
     
  5. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Too bad you can't do that on iPad.
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    It's used for adding new devices and for retrieving your passwords from Apple's cloud if you lose all your devices:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5813

    So yes, if someone gets hold of your Apple ID password and this code, they can theoretically access your passwords, so I'd strongly recommend to choose a stronger code. Note that you can skip the creation of a security code, in which case retrieving the passwords from the cloud is not possible according to Apple.
     

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