How to keep your information safe with iCloud keychain on Mac


Keychain is a password management system tool that comes preinstalled with the Mac running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later. Keychain utility can securely store your sensitive passwords, certificates, private keys, and secure notes. Usually, iCloud keychain keeps the website login details and credit card details you use with AutoFill in Safari and the Wi-Fi network information up to date across all your devices. Moreover, it also helps you to save account settings, so your social media accounts can be added automatically to another Mac when you sign in with the same iCloud account. Let’s learn how to use iCloud keychain to keep your passwords and payment info safe on Mac.

How to set up iCloud Keychain on your Mac?

You may easily configure iCloud keychain on your Mac, follow these steps:

  • On your Mac, select Apple menu > System Preferences and then click iCloud.




  • Select Keychain and then follow the onscreen instructions.




  • If you are not signed in to your iCloud account, you must configure iCloud to select the Keychain on your Mac.

How to authenticate a device to use iCloud Keychain on Mac?

After configuring iCloud chain on your Mac, if you set up the account on another device, you will get a notification on your Mac saying that the other device wants to use your account. You may allow the device by following the below given steps:

  • On your Mac, you may either click the Continue option in the notification or select Apple menu > System Preferences and then click iCloud. Click the Options button to the right of Keychain and then click Details.
  • In the dialogue box that displays, type your Apple ID and password that you use with iCloud and then click Allow.

This is how you may setup iCloud keychain and authenticate a device to use it on your Mac.

Now read: What to do if a Mac keeps asking for the login keychain password

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