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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: pub3abn on Dec 05, '05 09:10:16AM

Personally I find the encrypted disk image method better. I routinely sync my password lists between home and work, and do not necessarily want to sync the whole keychain. I just drag the disk image to a USB drive, and copy it off onto the other computer. Also I have several different text files in a single disk image, which I use to keep track of various kind of notes. For me it is a much more organized and practical system.



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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: siMac on Dec 05, '05 09:20:10AM

You can have more than one keychain. For instance, in addition to the 'session' (default) keychain I have a keychain called USB on my (you guessed it) USB thumb drive. I can unlock this keychain with a simple double click on any mac I connect it to and have secure access to my passwords. On my computers I have the USB keychain assigned as default so it effectively works as a 'key' to my computer.



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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: el bid on Dec 06, '05 12:27:08AM

Agree. The Keychain stuff is an added level of complexity: I don't fully understand how it is supposed to work, or how it actually works. And I don't trust stuff I don't understand.

OTOH, creating an AES encrypted mountable image is simple to do, simple to understand, and therefore much more trustable. I would certainly prefer the encrypted images to be more portable between operating systems, but this is even more of a shortcoming in the case of Keychain.



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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: adrianm on Dec 06, '05 05:31:31AM

How is the Keychain complex? You just use it. It has a nice gui. It just works.

It's probably the best example of easy-to-use power OSX has to offer.



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