iCloud Keychain in iOS 14 alerts users about leaked passwords

iCloud Keychain will be getting a major security update with the release of iOS 14, which was unveiled at the WWDC online event on June 22, 2020. It was discovered in iOS 14 beta that the users are notified whenever their passwords are leaked from third-party websites and other security issues arise.

iCloud Keychain is Apple’s native app which syncs all passwords used to log-in various websites and app on the iPhone and stores them on the user’s iCloud account. These passwords can be accessed easily by navigating to the Settings app and tapping on the Passwords menu.

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The new security feature on the app can now clarify security issues for each account’s password and suggest users create stronger passwords for better security. Here are some examples of the presented suggestions:

  • Many people use this password, which makes it easy to guess.

  • This password is easy to guess.

  • This password uses a sequence, “123”. Using common patterns makes passwords easy to guess.

iCloud Keychain alerts

The new update from Apple will notify users of any data breach on their device. The update will ensure better security for passwords and other sensitive data stored within iCloud. This helps users to:

  1. Immediately change their password.
  2. Stay aware that other accounts may be affected in case of using similar passwords.

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The new iCloud Keychain security features are also present in macOS Big Sur. Apple describes stronger security as:

“Safari securely monitors your saved passwords, automatically keeping an eye out for passwords that may have been involved in a data breach. To do this, Safari uses strong cryptographic techniques to regularly check derivations of your passwords against a list of breached passwords in a secure and private way that doesn’t reveal your password information — even to Apple. If Safari discovers a breach, it can help you upgrade to Sign in with Apple when available, or automatically generate a new secure password.”

Apple will also introduce the ‘Passwords manager resource’ project for developers to support strong passwords that are compatible with popular platforms. The company will also add Face ID and Touch ID support for Safari through Web Authentication API.

iOS 14 will be getting several privacy features like Ask Permission, Restricted access for third-party apps, notifying when apps access sensitive data, and more.

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