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A. The Macintosh Keychain > A.3. Managing Keychains

Managing Keychains

To take a look at your Keychain, open the Keychain Access program as described in the previous section. When you click one of the password rows, you get to see its attributes—the name, the kind, the account, and so on (Figure A-1). At this point, if you’re running Mac OS X, you can turn on “Show password” to see the actual password that’s stored safely here in the Keychain. In Mac OS 9, select the name of the Keychain item and press the Get Info button. Then, from the dialog box, click View Password.

Getting OS X Keychain Information

You can also click the Access Control tab, which gives you even more control over the security settings (see Figure A-2).

Tip

The primary purpose of the Keychain is, of course, to type in passwords for you automatically. However, it’s also an excellent place to record all kinds of private information just for your own reference: credit card numbers, ATM numbers, and so on. Just click the Access Control tab, then click the Add button.


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