My keychain access shows random numbers and letters for my passwords, please help :)

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by xcstryder, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. xcstryder macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2014

    This is my first post, so thanks to anyone who has the time to read this.

    I'm trying to use keychain access to remember my passwords for facebook, gmail, and a few other things (they usually just auto-login, but for some reason that has stopped, and I can't remember them and don't want to reset all of them).

    However, when I go into keychain access, click "show password" and login with my credentials, the passwords shown are random combinations of letters and numbers, such as "CAAB712VtSu8BAJHlsEPadSjFZCqz...." that go on for around 100 characters, and I cannot see the actual passwords I am trying to recover.

    I've tried resetting keychain access and repairing it, but no errors were found.

    I am using a 2013 13" MBA, i5, 8gb RAM, 256gb SSD running OSX 10.9.2.

    Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Thanks!
  2. gmanterry macrumors regular


    May 31, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Corrupted Keychain

    It appears to me thst your keychain has become corrupted. That would account for you no longer being able to log into your accounts automatically. If you don't have a backup, I'm afraid you'll have to take the difficult way out and reset each account. What I do is I have a TrueCrypt file I keep up to date and backed up with all my accounts and passwords on it I also log the serial numbers of all my programs on it. Just a long text file sorted alphabetically. Good luck.

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