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For iCloud Keychain passwords, Apple has long offered security recommendations for weak, compromised, or repeated passwords that need updating for maximum protection, but in some situations, you might have passwords that you can't change and annoying alerts you can't get rid of.

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That's changing in iOS 15.4, which is currently in beta testing. In the iOS 15.4 update, any security recommendation listed in the Passwords section of the Settings app can be hidden. Just tap into an alert and then tap the new "x" button next to any security recommendation that you want to hide from view. Prior versions of iOS have no way to dismiss or hide security recommendations other than turning them off entirely.

Security alerts that have been hidden will no longer show up under the main "Security Recommendations" label, but you can still view them if necessary by opening up the Passwords interface and scrolling down to the bottom where there's a new "Hidden Security Recommendations" option.

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In this section, you will find any password alerts that have been hidden from your view. The option to hide security recommendations can come in handy for passwords that you cannot change for some reason, such as when the password belongs to someone else. It provides a way to keep the alerts visible in a section but not front and center. If you want to reset security recommendations and make them visible again, there is an option for that, too.


iOS 15.4 also lets you add a note to any iCloud Keychain password, so if you need to provide yourself with more context on a password, such as noting what it's for, you can do so.

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We have a full list of everything that's new with iOS 15.4 available in our iOS 15.4 features guide if you want a rundown on the other new additions in the update.

Article Link: iOS 15.4 Beta Adds Option to Hide iCloud Keychain Security Recommendations
 

JosephAW

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It would be nice to be able to have a different password here than the unlock phone password.
 
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nt5672

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Eventually, Apple will just change your weak passwords for you. You know, to protect the children. Really, why do you even have to remember your own passwords when Apple can do it for you.
 
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JM

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Hey! What happened to the hand-holding Apple I know and love!
 

Haiku_Oezu

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This is gonna be great for those few password I don’t bother changing like sandbox account passwords or flat out can’t change because they’re assigned to me
 

jonblatho

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Nice, I always reuse everything anyway!

… wait, why can't I log into my bank account?
This is for the common case of passwords that must be used across different domains for the same account. Some others have mentioned another common case where a password is assigned to them.

For example, my employer uses Office 365 for Exchange. They allow me to log in with the same username and password as my actual work account, but unfortunately either our SSO isn’t supported by Microsoft or the IT department hasn’t bothered to integrate it yet, so Microsoft hosts the login form for Office 365. So, that username/password combination is shared on my employer’s domain as well as a series of Microsoft domains.

Hopefully that’ll change in the future, but until then, at least it’ll stop whining at me about a password that absolutely must be reused.
 

ifxf

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I wonder if the note will allow images and pdfs. What be nice if it also allowed grouping of pwds
 

LoveTo

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I hope it would be optional and not turned on by default. I need those alerts to remind me to get to changing the passwords.. And I will get to those some day, even if it takes a couple of decades more. ?
 

johaen8

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I’d love to have the option to manually add multiple domain names and websites that use the same username/password, like almost any password manager
This used to (somehow) be a thing. I have a couple username/passwords in my keychain that have multiple websites in them. As far as I can tell you can't do this anymore but I know that you could do it in the past.
 

fwmireault

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You can, it will merge them in together automatically!
Not all the time. I have some that are still separate despite having the exact same user name and password, and I can’t do anything to match them. iCloud Keychain would even notify me that I use the same password on different websites
 

ss2cire

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This is a great usability enhancement. Glad that apple is finally adding options like this, still room for improvement but it’s a step in the right direction.
 

Gator5000e

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I would like to see Apple expand Keychain to allow more than just website credentials like router info and log info, bank account info, email account info, software license info, etc. It's great for logging into sites but I'd lie to access other info. Then I can ditch my 1Password app which I know will sooner or later make be subscribe to a cloud version.
 

zorinlynx

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Sysadmins like myself are going to love this change.

Yes, I reused that password.

Yes, I reused it 31 times. Because you know, I have 31 of the devices on my internal network, all in the same security domain.
 
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