Fix your hacked passwords

iPhone makes it easy, and you should do it today.

Passwords are the bane of my life. I’ll bet they are for you, too.

I’m always getting wrong password notifications, and have multiple passwords saved for the same site or service — despite having used Apple’s iCloud Keychain for many years.

I also regularly get notices that this or that password has appeared in a data leak and I should change it.

Most of those warnings are for the same old password I’ve used for years to sign up for low-importance websites, like forums or sites that don’t have my credit card.

It’s a lazy strategy and an outdated one now that devices will automatically remember all my passwords for me.

Trouble is, I now have not dozens, but hundreds of crappy passwords I now need to clean up. TBH, the task is so daunting, I’d rather ignore just it! Of course, if I’d been paying attention, I wouldn’t be in this mess.

So if you have a bit of time during this slow time of the year, perhaps it is time to crack open iCloud Keychain and clean up your weak, stolen and reused passwords. Here’s how.

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One more thing ...

From the earliest days at Apple, I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started. But there’s a simpler reason: It’s wrong to steal. It hurts other people. And it hurts your own character.

— Steve Jobs, 2011.

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