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How To Find Reused And Compromised Passwords In Safari
By KEYEDE ERINFOLAMI
You may not (still) use “password” or “1234” as legitimate passwords for online accounts, but if you are using the same password for most of your online activity, it is a huge security risk. It’s easy to understand why you would want to — doing so is convenient and easy to remember, and keeping track of individual passwords can get confusing.
Apple understands that confusion, and the recent version of Safari includes a feature called Password Monitoring that lives up to Apple’s reputation of ensuring top-notch security on its devices. This feature offers security recommendations to alert you when your passwords are weak, reused, or leaked, allowing you to make smarter security decisions.
To access Password Monitoring on a Mac, launch Safari, click on Safari in the menu bar, then Preferences > Passwords. After entering your system password, you’ll see a list of your stored passwords and a yellow warning icon next to them if Safari has a security recommendation for them. Tap the icon to note its security status, and if necessary, change your password.
For iPhone or iPad, tap the Settings app and then the Passwords menu, verify your identity with either Face ID or Touch ID to access Keychain data, and tap Security Recommendations right above the list of passwords. Tap on an account to see more details about its security status and tap Change Password on Website to change your password to something more secure.
There is no need to be concerned about Apple’s processes for reviewing your passwords. Their privacy policy states that Safari uses "strong cryptographic techniques to regularly check derivations of your passwords against a list of breached passwords," in a way that still keeps your password information private — even from Apple.