What is keychain access?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macswitcha2, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Can someone in a nutshell explain what it is and its function? What can I use it for?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keychain_Access
    via http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=keychain access&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
  3. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    My basic understanding of it is that it serves to save passwords/identities.

    For example, whenever I need to change settings for my airport routers, I don't have to enter the router passwords because they are saved in my Mac's keychain. If I were to use a different computer to work with the routers, I would have to enter passwords.

    So, it sort of works the same way that cookies work for web sites.

    That's my understanding, anyway.
  4. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    To see for yourself you should go into your applications/utility folder and open Keychain Access.
  5. techguy40 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
  6. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    I don't see why it would be any less secure than any other data stored on your mac. It is just data files that the computer accesses when called upon. It is locked behind your user account password, just like all your other files.

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