IOS 14: iCloud Keychain now warns users more about leaked passwords

In addition to the newly designed home screen with widgets, app libraries, and features like Car Key, iOS 14 and iPads 14 add significantly to the iCloud keychain. Apple has improved to give users access to more helpful information about their passwords. Read for hands-on what has changed in iCloud Keychain with iOS 14.

If you are not familiar with iCloud Keychain, it stores and syncs all your passwords from various websites and applications through iCloud. Users can access the iCloud keychain with the iPhone or iPad by opening the Settings app and then tapping the Password menu.

With iOS 14, Apple provides a new “Security Suggestions” menu that only shows your passwords that could jeopardize your accounts for any reason. This includes passwords that are easy to guess and even leaked on the web.

ICloud Keychain now clarifies what’s wrong with the passwords for each specific account stored there so users can learn more about creating strong passwords. Some of these features were already present in iOS 13, but they were not as prominent as in iOS 14.

Here are some examples of security warnings provided by iCloud Keychain in iOS 14:

  • Many people use this password which is easy to guess.

  • This password is easy to guess.

  • This password uses a sequence, “123”. Passwords are easy to guess using comma patterns.

In particular there is a new warning that is one of the most important for users. According to Apple, iCloud Keychain now verifies if your password is involved in a data breach. Not only does this allow you to change your password instantly, it’s also important to be aware of how other accounts may be affected if you use the same password over and over again.

Here’s how the company describes the feature that is present in MacOS Big Tune:

Safari securely monitors your saved passwords, automatically monitoring for passwords that may be involved in data breaches. To do this, Safari regularly uses strong cryptographic techniques to protect your password derivations against infringing password lists and in a personal way that does not disclose your password information – even Apple. If Safari detects a breach, it helps you upgrade to sign in with Apple when it’s available, or automatically create a new secure password.

In addition to improving iCloud Keychain, Apple has announced an open source project to help developers develop strong passwords compatible with popular websites. The company is adding Touch ID and Face ID support to Safari through its web authentication API.

IOS 14, iPados 14, and Max Big Tune will be available to the public this fall.

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