Sometimes how to store and interact with passwords can seem to be the bane of your existence! If you are even a moderate Mac and Internet user you have a bunch of passwords to manage. In an effort to help with this password conundrum, Apple has included Password storage capabilities in the Safari web browser. This feature is not as powerful or robust as a standalone password manager App, but it works fairly well and may be adequate for some people. Here is how the Safari Password Manager works.
Safari Password Manager
You access the Safari Password Manager in the “Preferences” area:
Once in the Preferences area click on the “Passwords Tab”:
It will be locked so you have to enter the password for your Mac user account. Once you do that you are taken to your stored passwords1 :
You may have quite a few passwords stored in here. I use a third party password manager, but I still end up with passwords in this area.
If you click on any of those websites, the password for that site will be revealed. Also, if you select a website, you can click on the “Remove” button and that entry will be Deleted from the Password Manager:
Some of the entries have a yellow caution symbol next to them. If you click on this symbol, you will get a message like this:
Here is my thought on this message. If the passwords in question are at websites where you do some type of financial transactions, then by all means change to a better password. But, if it is just a site for information or something similar, I just don’t think it is that big a deal. Of course, YMMV, you have to decide what is best for you.
The Safari Password Manager is an adequate password repository for many people. Even if you are using a third party password program like me, you still might want to have a look around in there if only to Delete old stuff.
- I use a third party password program