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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macswitcha2, Dec 19, 2010.
Can someone in a nutshell explain what it is and its function? What can I use it for?
via http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=keychain access&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
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.
To see for yourself you should go into your applications/utility folder and open Keychain Access.
Is keychain access secure and safe to use?
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.