M.A. Hochberg’s Technology for Teaching

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Keychain Passwords and Safari

The Keychain program on Macs can be a lot of trouble, both serious and annoying. The serious part is that once you have logged onto your account, anyone can open anything. Not a good idea in an era of easily stolen laptops.

The annoying part is when you change your password, the Keychain doesn’t update everywhere, especially in Safari.

You can get the complete details on deleting your old keychain at


I suggest stopping at step 6 as I don’t recommend creating a new keychain.

This does a fairly good job of resetting the keychain—except for Safari. After you have deleted the keychain and the file, open Safari and reset it.

Reset SafariClear all in Safari

This should stop Safari from continuing to prompt for a keychain password.

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