For the past week, the big buzz around the Internet has been the discovery of Heartbleed. This widespread security bug has caused a large number of victims an immeasurable amount of suffering. Not only are websites scrambling to fix the hole, but everyday people who put their trust in these companies are at risk of having personal data stolen, or even money swiped right out of their bank accounts.
In an effort to rescuer your personal identity across the web, experts recommend that you change your password for any website that might have been vulnerable to the attack.
If you didn’t already know, you can use iOS 7’s iCloud Keychain to save passwords on your iPad in Safari. We’re going to show you how.
First off, the best way to keep track of your passwords with iCloud Keychain is to activate it on your desktop or laptop. The OS X version of Safari saves, updates, and creates passwords for you. The iOS version can save a new password, but will not update or create one.
So, if you use Safari on your Mac, open the browser and click on “Safari” in the upper left corner of the screen. Select Preferences. Then, select AutoFill. Select “User names and passwords” from the list of available options. You can then create, update, and save passwords on your desktop or laptop and they will be synced with your iPad or iPhone.
But, not until you activate the feature on your iPad, too.
Open your settings app. Then select Safari from the menu on the left side of the screen. Tap “Passwords & AutoFill from the available options. Toggle the “Names and Passwords” switch to the On position.
Once the feature is activated, any passwords you’ve already saved in Safari on your Mac will already be listed. When you visit a website that requires a password you’ve already saved, it will automatically populate in the form.
If you haven’t saved a password yet, simply enter a new username and password in the Safari browser as the instructions for the given website request. When it comes time to save the password for the website, Safari will also ask if you wish to save it to your iCloud Keychain.
If you are not in front of your Mac and want to update your password, or if you don’t use Safari on your desktop or laptop, but want to change a currently saved password in iOS, you will first have to delete the saved password from your Settings app and then log in to a website to save it as new.
First, change the password in Safari following the website’s directions. Then, go to Settings > Safari > Passwords & AutoFill. Then, select “Saved Passwords” from the available options.
You should now delete the password information for the account you just updated in Safari. Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner of the screen and select the website you just updated. Then, select Delete in the upper right corner of the window. Then, go back to the website and re-enter your login information as if it were the first time.
For example, I changed my Amazon password from Safari on my iPad by following these steps:
- I visited Amazon from mobile Safari on my iPad.
- I logged in and went to the “Change Password” section of the website and changed it following Amazon’s directions.
- After successfully changing the password, I logged out of Amazon.
- I opened my Settings app and deleted the Amazon.com username and password information as noted above.
- I visited Amazon again from mobile Safari on my iPad
- I was required to log in. I entered my username and password and hit the log in button on the website.
- A window popped up in Safari asking me if I wanted to save the password in iCloud Keychain.
- I tapped “Save Password.”
- The password was saved in iCloud Keychain on my iOS device, and was also updated on my Mac.
Now you know how to change and save passwords in Safari on your iPad using iCloud Keychain. I highly suggest you get to work updating before Heartbleed attacks you.