How to Use iCloud Keychain to Create Unique, Strong Passwords for All Your Accounts

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Using the same password for more than one account puts the security of both accounts at risk. That's where iCloud Keychain comes in. We'll show you how use your iPhone's built-in password manager to find duplicate passwords and replace each one with a unique, strong password using Apple's strong password generator. For even more convenience, Apple's password manager will save the new password and autofill it whenever it's needed. Here's how to get rid of every old, weak password and use Apple's password suggestions to create unique and secure passwords instead.

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How to Use iCloud Keychain to Eliminate Duplicate Passwords 

Before you begin making sure your passwords are secure, make sure you have iCloud Keychain enabled.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Passwords & Accounts.

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  3. Tap Website & App Passwords.
  4. Tap on any accounts you see with an exclamation point in a triangle icon. This icon indicates a duplicate password.

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  5. Tap Change Password on Website. (NOTE: You must go to the website or app to create a new password. Changing the password in the Account & Passwords settings won't change the password on the account website. It will just delete the password, and you'll be locked out of your account.)
  6. Log in to the website and follow the directions to change your password. Tap Choose My Own Password, or tap Use Strong Password, and Apple will generate one for you.

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  7. Tap Save to change your password to the one you created or Apple's strong password.
  8. Tap Done, and when you go back to your Website & App Passwords, the triangle and exclamation point icon will be gone.

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Now, you can repeat this process for every duplicate password, so all your accounts are more secure.

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.