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Keychain Access

Using the Internet is a neverending struggle to keep track of passwords for e-mail servers, file servers, Web sites, and other private information. Since Mac OS 9.x, Apple has included a security application and API, called the Keychain, to make accessing your collection of passwords much easier.

The Keychain Access software (Path: /Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access) automatically stores passwords from Keychain-aware applications such as Mail and iTools. Users can also manually add their own passwords to the keychain. Later, the keychain can be unlocked to reveal the original cleartext password. By default, all users have their own keychain named the same as their username. Additional keychains can be created to store specific information, such as credit card numbers, PINs, and so on. Think of the keychain as a database of your most sensitive information, all accessible through your Mac OS X account password.


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