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Use multiple Keychains to create security levels System
If like me, you think that Keychain auto-locking is a fantastic feature from a security perspective ... but you find yourself really annoyed by having to type your Keychain password over and over again for some things that are not high security at all, this hint is for you.
  1. In Keychain Access (found in /Applications -> Utilities), choose File->New Keychain.
  2. Save the new keychain as "Low Security" or something like that.
  3. From the main window, click on "Show Keychains" to get the keychains drawer to appear. Choose your newly created keychain.
  4. Choose Edit -> Change Settings for Keychain "Low Security." Now, unclick both settings there.
  5. In the Keychain drawer, choose your default keychain and drag and drop the passwords you never want to type ever again into the "Low Security" keychain.
You can, of course, create lots of different keychains for all your different security levels. I have set my default one to lock after five minutes of inactivity and on sleep. I then use my Low Security one for my Instant Messenger passwords that I don't want to type every time my machine returns from sleep.

Have fun playing with your keychain!
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Use multiple Keychains to create security levels
Authored by: Angus on Mar 27, '04 02:15:39AM

Since I have millions of passwords for clients, I've already split my keychains into categories, ftp, email, etc. I thought I'd be able to add keychain passwords to other keychains, but I haven't figured out how. I think only the login keychain will open without a password, based on your login password, so I do have to manually open the ftp and email keychains once per restart.



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