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Key iPhone security feature you need to turn on NOW – it only takes seconds

The internet is flooded with hackers and scammers looking to get your credit card information and online login information.

Luckily, your iPhone is loaded with a powerful tool called iCloud Keychain, which is easy to use and makes your account more secure.

Your iPhone has some incredibly impressive security features that you probably didn't know about

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Your iPhone has some incredibly impressive security features that you probably didn’t know aboutCredit: Apple

What are iCloud Keychain and Safari Strong Passwords?

We’re constantly asked to choose complex passwords – but that’s hard with so many accounts.

iCloud Keychain remembers the passwords you enter on your phone, encrypts them, and stores them in the cloud.

So you can choose very strong passwords without having to remember them – your phone will simply enter them for you when you sign in.

This is one of the best defenses against hackers.

“iCloud Keychain remembers everything so you don’t have to,” explains Apple.

“It auto-populates your information — like Safari usernames and passwords, credit cards, Wi-Fi networks, and social logins — on any device that you approve.

“iCloud Keychain stores your passwords and credit card information in a way that Apple cannot read or access them.”

And the Safari web browser now has a special feature called Strong Passwords.

When you sign up for a service on Safari, you’ll get the option to use an auto-generated password that’s very difficult for hackers to crack.

This password is automatically saved in your iCloud Keychain, so you don’t even have to remember it.

You can also add the password you already have to Keychain.

But one of the best features is the password reuse warning.

It is important to never use the same password on multiple accounts. If you reuse passwords, hackers who break into one account can then gain access to others.

Your Safari saved passwords will notify you when you have two passwords that match and suggest you to change them.

Setting up iCloud Keychain is an easy way to keep hackers out of your account

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Setting up iCloud Keychain is an easy way to keep hackers out of your accountCredit: Apple
Safari Strong Passwords will automatically generate and can be saved to your iCloud Keychain

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Safari Strong Passwords will automatically generate and can be saved to your iCloud KeychainCredit: Apple

How to set up iCloud Keychain

First, you’ll need to make sure you’re using an Apple device running iOS 7.0.3 or later, or OS X 10.9 or later for your Mac.

About you Iphone, iPad, or iPod Touch, follow these steps:

  • Tap Settings> [your name] > iCloud (on iOS 10.2 and below, just Settings > iCloud)
  • Tap Keychain
  • Tap the slider to enable iCloud Keychain

For Mac devices, here’s what you need to do:

  • Click the Apple menu at the top left
  • Select System Preferences
  • Choose iCloud
  • Select keychain

How to view iCloud Keychain password

On iPhones running iOS 11 or later:

  • Tap Settings > Accounts & passwords > App & website passwords
  • Use Touch ID or Face ID when prompted
  • Click on a website to see your password

On iPhones running iOS 10.3 or earlier:

  • Tap Settings > Safari > Passwords
  • Use Touch ID or Face ID to enter your device passcode
  • Click on a website to see your password

On a Mac with OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later:

  • Select Safari > Preferences
  • Click on Password
  • Select a site to view your password
  • Select Show passwords for selected sites at the bottom of the window
  • Enter your Mac password

You can check these passwords at any time.

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