Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Repairing your keychain, part of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks.
If you've ever been prompted for a password and then asked if you'd like to store it somewhere, you may wonder where your Mac has put it. Well, it's barely very deep down in the Mac's file structure, but it is accessible through Keychain Access. Keychain Access is important for doing more than just holding your passwords and pasting them in when requested. It can also govern whether your Mac can automatically connect to your WiFi network in the morning, as well as determine what sites are and aren't so okay to connect to based on the certificates held by key chain access.
Because the health of your Keychain is so important, I'm going to show you how to repair it. So, I'll go to the Go menu, then Utilities and here's Keychain Access. Here's my login Keychain. And this is where, by default, your passwords, public keys, and certificates are stored. To check the health of my Keychain, I go to the Keychain Access menu, select Keychain First Aid, enter my password. Make sure Verify is selected, and click on Start.
Lucky me, no problems found. I'm good. However, if there had been a problem, I would've seen a series of red entries telling me that something was wrong. At that point, I'd select Repair, click Start. It would run through it, and it would complete the repair. Because I'm slightly suspicious about these things, I would then go back to Verify, click on Start again, and ensure that there really were no more errors found. And that's all there is to it, it's easy to do.
If you find that you're being prompted for passwords more often than you have been in the past. Or an application refuses to accept a password that you know is right, go ahead, launch Keychain Access and repair your Keychain.
- Creating smarter Smart Mailboxes
- Sharing and delegating calendars
- Syncing Google contacts
- Discovering hidden tricks within contact headings
- Scheduling startup and shutdown
- Copying files via Bluetooth
- Using a remote disc
- Creating password-protected archives
- Creating a bootable installer drive
- Repairing your keychain
- Resetting your login password
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Mail Tips
2. Calendar Tips
3. Contact Tips
4. System Preference Tips
5. Finder Tips
6. Tips for Troubleshooters
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