How to use Password Auditing on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Password Settings on Mac

Everyone is guilty of reusing the same password over again. Even if you use a password management app or iCloud Keychain to remember them for you, chances are you have at least one password that you’ve used more than once. But, these days online security is constantly becoming more of an issue.

With this in mind, iOS 12 and macOS Mojave introduced a feature for auditing your passwords. You can quickly see which passwords you have used in more than one place and take the opportunity to change them.

To protect yourself, your accounts, and your online presence better, here’s how to use password auditing on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Password auditing on iPhone or iPad

To review your passwords on iPhone or iPad, open your Settings and then follow these steps.

1) Tap Passwords & Accounts.

2) Select Website & App Passwords.

3) You will be prompted to enter your password or use Touch ID.

Now you’ll see all locations where you have saved passwords and those you have reused will show gray triangles.

Password Auditing on iPhone

You can tap that account and will land on the screen with a link to the site to change your password. You will also see the other places you have used it and how many times.

Password Auditing on iPhone Reuse Message

Password auditing on Mac

Open Safari on your Mac and then follow these steps to review your passwords:

1) Click Safari from the menu bar and select Preferences.

2) In the pop-up window, click Passwords.

3) Log into your account when prompted.

Just like on iPhone or iPad, you’ll see a list of sites with your saved passwords. Those with yellow triangles are the ones with passwords you’ve reused.

Password Auditing on Mac

If you click on one of the triangles, you’ll see how many times you’ve used the password and where. You should also see a link to head over to the website and change your password.

Password Auditing on Mac Reuse Message

Stay safe my friends

It’s never too early to start making changes to your password management. It may take some time and energy to go change all of the passwords that you’ve reused, but it may save you a lot of time and aggravation down the road.

Do you make sure that you don’t reuse passwords so that your online accounts are safer? Or, are you going to use this new feature to audit your passwords and change them now? Let us know your thoughts!