So I love using Safari to browse the Internet, but one little quirk that I kept running across was that some websites I load which require a username and password to not get saved into Keychain.
Keychain, for those of you who don’t, is the utility on OS X that stores all your login information for websites, email programs, etc. In Windows, Internet Explorer can also save your passwords for websites. but it’s all stored locally inside IE.
On Macs, when you visit a website and Safari asks you if you want to save your username and password, it’s actually stored in the Keychain utility. Now most of the time, you’ll get asked if you want to save login info, but sometimes you won’t!
I had several websites that I visited constantly and kept retyping all my login information because Safari would not save it for me. I finally decided to stop being lazy and just do it manually.
In this article, I’ll walk you through the simple steps to get Safari to remember a password for a particular website. First, click on the Applications folder on your desktop and then click Utilities.
Then click on the Keychain Access button.
On the left hand side, click on login under Keychains.
Now click the + (plus) icon down at the very bottom of the window. It’s below the list box that shows you all the current items in the keychain.
Now all you have to do is enter three pieces of information: the website, the username and the password. It should look something like this:
You can also click on the little key icon next to the password box and it will bring up the password assistant. It can help you create a strong password that is easy to remember.
Of course, if you already have a password for that particular site, you really don’t need the password assistant. Now that’s it! Go ahead and close Keychain and open Safari. Go to the website and begin typing the username. A message will pop up:
Safari will ask you if you will allow it access to confidential information stored in “website name” in your keychain. Go ahead and click Always Allow and now whenever you visit the website, just start typing the first letter of the username and it’ll automatically fill in the rest! Enjoy!