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Mac OSX Passwords Less Secure Than You Think

Date: 2011-07-28 20:48:52

According to the latest passware newsletter #058, their forensic version can read the OSX lion or Snow Leopard keychain from it's firewire port. This option is only available in their forensic version, which retails for $995.00.

The mac keychain saves passwords (for websites, network shares, wireless networks), private keys, certificates, etc.

According to Passware, the security risk is averted by turning off the computer instead of putting it to sleep, and disabling the "Automatic Login" setting. This way, passwords will not be present in memory and cannot be recovered.

How to Disable Auto Login

  1. Go into system preferences by clicking on the system preferences icon from the bottom of the desktop.

  2. If the small padlock icon is locked, unlock it by clicking on it then entering an administrator username and password.

  3. Click on Login Options

  4. Uncheck Automatically log in as. Be sure you know your password before doing this.

  5. Mac Login Preferences

We have always found keychain to be annoying in safari. If you wish to disable it for Safari, follow these steps

Diable Keychain for Safari

  1. Start or switch focus to Safari.

  2. Select Preferences from the Safari menu. The Preferences dialog will appear.

  3. Click on AutoFill

  4. Disable all autofill options.

  5. Click the red X to close the window.

  6. Mac Safari Keychain Preferences

Category: Authentication

Subcategory: Passwords

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