Category Archives: Keychain

Why passwords aren’t always the right answer.

I realised something yesterday. I don’t know my master password. Users of Mac OS X can use FileVault, a data protection feature that replaces the user’s home folder with an encrypted disk image. Encrypted disk images are protected by AES-128 … Continue reading

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Integrating SSH with the keychain on Snow Leopard

Not much movement has occurred on projects like SSHKeychain.app or SSHAgent.app in the last couple of years. The reason is that it’s not necessary to use them these days; you can get all of the convenience of keychain-stored SSH passphrases … Continue reading

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On default keychain settings

After my presentation at NSConference there was a discussion of default settings for the login keychain. I mentioned that I had previously recommended some keychain configuration changes including using a different password than your login password. Default behaviour is that … Continue reading

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