Fixing Keychain Password Problems

Your Mac has a great system for remembering the passwords you use to when you check your email, connect to AirPort wireless networks, or perform any number of other tasks that require a password. Your Keychain automatically fills in those passwords for you so you donit have to remember every single one. Sometimes, however, the password database that Keychain creates gets damaged and needs a little repair.

Keychain Access shows you all of the passwords stored in your Keychain.

For example, if Mail keeps asking for your email account password, there may be a problem with Keychainis database. Keychain First Aid can fix many of your password headaches. Hereis how:

  • Launch Keychain Access itis in Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
  • Choose Keychain Access > Keychain First Aid (Tiger), or Window > Keychain First Aid (Panther).
  • Enter your user account password in the Password field.
  • Click the Repair radio button.
  • Click the Start button.

Keychain First Aid can get your password list back in shape.

Keychain First Aid will report any problems that it finds, and it will fix every issue that it can. If your Macis hard drive crashes or gets reformatted, Keychain First Aid wonit be of any help, so be sure to keep a list of your passwords in a secure location as a backup.