Using the same passwords for multiple accounts is something many of us are guilty of.
Trying to remember a unique code every time you log into a website or app can be hugely frustrating but there is a simple way to make sure you stay much safer online.
Apple’s new iOS 12 operating system can now help by generating unique and more secure passwords for each of your accounts.
These are then securely stored across all of your devices and instantly retrieved when you attempt to login.
The password is only confirmed once you authentic the iPhone you are using either via Face ID or Touch ID technology.
Along with this simple and secure way of making sure each of your passwords is different, iOS 12 can also give you a quick guide to how weak or strong all of your current passwords are.
This simple check will reveal how good your security is and whether you are using the same code on multiple accounts.
If you try it, you might be shocked by just how insecure your digital life really is.
So, if you own an iPhone here’s how to check your accounts and refresh your passwords with something more secure.
HOW TO CHECK ALL OF YOUR CURRENT PASSWORDS
• Start by launching Settings on your iOS device.
• Then go to the section that says Passwords & Accounts.
• From this menu tap Website & App Passwords.
• You’ll then see a list of all of your accounts and an alert about which are not secure
• Look for passwords with the triangular warning symbol that highlights weak passwords and that have been reused multiple time.
• Where you see a warning symbol, tap Change Password on Website to open that webpage and make the necessary change using the automatic strong password suggestion.
• This will be saved to iCloud Keychain and synced across all of your devices.
THE SIMPLE WAY TO GET SAFER PASSWORDS
• Open the third-party app or launch the website where you need to create a new account.
• Enter a username or email address into the first field.
• Tap on the password field and your Apple device will generate an automatic strong password for you.
• Tap Use Strong Password to accept the suggestion. This will be automatically saved to your iCloud Keychain.
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If you use a third-party password manager across multiple devices you can now bring your own data to AutoFill in Safari and in apps using the QuickType bar.
To set it up go to Passwords & Accounts and then Autofill Passwords.
Siri can also now help you remember your passwords.
As an example of how Apple’s voice assistant can lend a hand, you could say: “Siri, show me my Amazon password.”
Siri will then automatically open up your iCloud Keychain with the relevant entry, but only after you authenticate your identity with a finger, a Face ID scan, or a passcode.
One final feature that Apple also introduced in iOS 12 now allows you to share your passwords safely with family and friends directly from the iOS Password Manager via AirDrop.
To do this simply go to Passwords & Accounts, tap the password field you want to share and an option to AirDrop the login will appear.
The login can be AirDropped to any device running iOS 12 or macOS Mojave. This means you don’t need to say it out loud or share in an unencrypted form.