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Eliminate the Keychain password pop-up message on a Mac (Article #689)


Created on November 29, 2008
Last Modified on April 30, 2015
Technical Level:  Novice

   





Disable Keychain on University Macs

What is Keychain?
Keychain is Apple's password management system in Mac OS X that helps manage passwords by storing them.  A Keychain can contain various types of data: passwords for Websites, network shares, wireless networks, and security certificates necessary to access secure web sites.

Why don't I want to use Keychain on university Macs?
Keychain is not recommended for use on university Macs. Faculty and staff are required to change Towson NetID passwords every 90 days and this requires that you must also reset passwords on all your stored Keychain passwords every 90 days. When keychains are enabled they often create annoying popups that prompt for a NetID and password every time you change passwords. In short, rather then save time, using Keychain on university computers actually requires more time and work.

How do I prevent Keychain issues?
To prevent Keychain issues in future, when prompted to save a Keychain, Cancel the prompt and don't save it.  

If you use Keychain , immediately after changing your NetID password, restart the Mac and log in. When prompted by a Keychain pop-up window, select Update Keychain Password  and enter your old password at this prompt so the keychain can be unlocked and updated with your new password.

How do I disable Keychain?
If you accidentally set Keychain on a university Mac, you can fix it by following the procedures below.

  1. On you Mac, open Applications
  2. In Applications scroll down to Self Service.app and click it
  3. In the Self Service window, locate the KeyChain Fix application, click Install
  4. In the description window, click Install again (the Mac will restart and Keychain will be reset

If the KeyChain Fix above does not work and clear the Keychain popups, follow the procedures below explicitly. Do not move or delete files in other Keychain folders on your Mac hard drive. Doing so will create issues with security certificates necessary to access secure web sites. 

For Mac OS 10.8 and above:

  1. From your desktop, click Go then Go to Folder
  2. Type ~/Library/keychains
  3. Select all files in the /Keychains folder and drag them to the Trash (do NOT delete the \Keychains folder)
  4. Restart your Mac
  5. Log back on with your NetID and password to be authenticated (your keychains will be recreated but not enabled, you will no longer be prompted)  
  6. Delete the Keychain files you moved to Trash
  7. To prevent Keychain issues, when prompted to save a keychain, Cancel the prompt and don't save it.  Also, after changing your Net ID password, make sure to select Update Keychain Password the next time you log onto your Mac (you will be prompted by a pop-up window). Be sure to enter your old password after this prompt so the keychain can be unlocked and updated with your new password.

For older Mac OS versions prior to Mac OS 10.8:

  1. Open Macintosh HD//Users/username/Library/Keychains/
  2. Select all files in the /Keychains folder and drag them to the Trash (do NOTdelete the \Keychains folder)
  3. Restart your Mac
  4. Log back on with your NetID and password to be authenticated (your keychains will be recreated but not enabled, you will no longer be prompted)  
  5. Delete the Keychain files you moved to Trash
  6. To prevent Keychain issues, when prompted to save a keychain, Cancel the prompt and don't save it.  Also, after changing your Net ID password, make sure to select Update Keychain Password the next time you log onto your Mac (you will be prompted by a pop-up window). Be sure to enter your old password after this prompt so the keychain can be unlocked and updated with your new password.

 

Keywords: Apple; Mac; keychain


Categories:  Operating System

Operating Systems:  Macintosh OS X



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