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There Should Be an iCloud Keychain App

Bradley Chambers:

The problem with managing passwords on iOS and macOS at the moment is the functions are scattered around. Some of the syncing happens on in the backend with no way to quickly see (especially on iOS). A prime example of this is the syncing of Wi-Fi passwords. It’s easy to remove old networks on the Mac, but on iOS, it’s all happened without being able to remove anything.

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As our devices continue to store ever more personal information, Apple should release a dedicated app to view, add, change, or delete anything being stored in iCloud Keychain.

Update (2020-04-22): R0MK1N:

And also api for other apps to use that. What’s the point of keychain if I can’t use it in Firefox on a Mac.

What does a browser need that the regular keychain API can’t do?

W. Butcher:

I live in terror of accidentally enabling iCloud Keychain with an OS update. Last time that happened it deleted a bunch of passwords and imported a bunch of prior ones from God knows when.

Matt Birchler:

A standalone app would do a couple things.

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There should also be a way to delete iCloud key-value-store keys. Google seems to be abusing this mechanism to enable cross-app tracking, .e.g. Google Maps identifying you even if you never logged on to it, and deleted your other Google apps.

Sören Nils Kuklau

A prime example of this is the syncing of Wi-Fi passwords. It’s easy to remove old networks on the Mac, but on iOS, it’s all happened without being able to remove anything.

Even leaving aside iCloud and synced passwords and all, it’s wild that there isn’t any way at all to delete networks other than the one you’re connected to.

(So, as far as I know, the only way to get rid of old networks is to use iCloud, then delete them from the Mac. Why?)

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