A Look at Keychain Access (and Why You Should Care)
Subject:   Problem is with auto-login, not keychains
Date:   2005-12-19 10:56:12
From:   Occam
The so-called "Bad News" has nothing to do with the security offered by keychains. If you're at all concerned about your system's security, don't enable automatic login. The keychain framework is very securely designed, and there are no problems with keychains themselves. Requiring a password to login, and using a password-protected screen lock when away from your computer, are basic precautions on any platform. The keychain framework is undeserving of this ridiculous fear-mongering.

And no, you can't access keychain contents by simply starting up the machine in Target Disk Mode. (One wonders why that was even mentioned in this article...) You still need the keychain password.

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  1. Giles Turnbull photo Problem is with auto-login, not keychains
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