How to Use KeyChain for Secure Online Browsing

If you are familiar with Keychain and you know what there is to know about how Safari stores you passwords and your credit card details you may think there is not anything else you need.  However, there is one more trick that Safari has up its sleeve.  Similar to the way it works on the desktop, Safari can come up with ideas for strong, hard to hack passwords and it can save them to your iCloud Keychain for you.

Image : Entering Passcode on your iPhone

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For this feature to work properly, first you must set up iCloud Keychain, if you have not already done so.

Setting Up KeyChain :

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on iCloud ios 7 icloud keychain (1)
  3. Tap on Keychain
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your account.ios 7 icloud keychain (5)

To generate a safe, strong password:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Go to a website where you need to create a new account [say Facebook]
  3. When it comes to setting a password, tap on the Suggest Password  button that will be at the top of the keypad icloud keychain suggest password (1)
  4. Safari will now generate a strong password that is alphanumeric and show it to you
  5. Tap the Use Suggested Password button and the password field on the website will be completed with it. icloud keychain suggest password (2)

Safari will also sync this information to all your devices that are linked to iCloud through iCloud Keychain.  However, there is one exception to this – if the website you are creating the account for does not let you save the password, Safari will not be able to generate one, and message will appear to tell you so.


Solution for this :

Go to Settings > Safari > Passwords and AutoFill and enable Always Allow as shown in the image below . This will fix the error you are getting on suggest password option .

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Setting up a strong password is important as it can stop anyone other than the most determined from seeing what you do.  Most of us tend to go with something that we can associate with, a word or a series of numbers that we know we will remember.

Using Safari to auto generate a strong password and keep it safe for you gives you that extra step of security – the password is saved and the auto fill feature means you haven’t got to rack your brains trying to remember it or have to write it down, which defeats the object.

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2 thoughts on “How to Use KeyChain for Secure Online Browsing

  1. Don’t do it!!! If it’s on the cloud, IT’S NOT SECURE!!!!! The only think they can’t hack is your head, but you are rapidly becoming predictable thanks to google analytics.

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