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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: stephendv on Dec 05, '05 07:57:54AM
You can also use the built in Keychain Access utility and Password Assistant to store arbitrary secret data such as bank, credit card or confidential personal information by creating a Secure note item.

These can be added to existing keychains from the File -> New Secure Note Item. It is recommended that secure notes be added to a separate keychain that does not share the same password as the login keychain. This ensures, that should the confidentiality of the login password be compromised, the secure note will remain secure.

To create a new keychain and add a secure note, choose File -> New Keychain, once a name and password have been chosen, select the keychain and choose File -> New Secure Note Item
From the Keychain Access application's preferences there is an option to Show status in menu bar, this allows common keychain function to be easily accessible from the menu bar. It also allows quick access to the screen lock function.
This is an extract from the whitepaper Securing Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

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