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iOS security risks: After the XcodeGhost exploit is Apple's iOS really safer than Android? Plus: What security apps do you need for iPad & iPhone

Karen Haslam | Sept. 24, 2015
In this article we look at some of the security threats that have hit Apple's iOS devices, including XcodeGhost, WireLurker, Masque Attack, the Olag Pliss ransom case and the SSL flaw.

What is iCloud Keychain?

If you have multiple Apple devices and want to use Safari to save your passwords, then you can use iCloud Keychain to synchronise your passwords from one device to another. So if you enter a password into a website on your iPhone, it will automatically be added to your iPad.

You must have your passcode activated to use iCloud Keychain. Follow these steps to turn on iCloud Keychain:

1. Tap on Settings and iCloud
2. Tap on Keychain and turn on the button next to iCloud Keychain
3. Enter your iCloud password and tap on OK
4. Move to another computer or device using the same iCloud. On the Mac open System Preferences and iCloud and details next to iCloud
5. Enter your Apple ID and Password and click on Allow

Your iPad or iPhone will now have all the usernames and passwords that have been stored on your Mac (and vice versa). You can also do the same thing with your iPhone to sync between all your devices. If you don't have a Mac you can use an iPhone to authorise the iPad or vice versa, just follow the Notification pop-up and enter your Apple ID and Password on the device.

Your passwords are generally secure on your iPad or iPhone, although you shouldn't share them with other people. And, of course, anybody who has access to your Passcode as well as your device will then be able to view all your other passwords. So be careful about sharing your iPad and passcode with other people.

We have a lot of faith in Apple to keep our details secure on its server. Apple generally takes security of its back-end systems very seriously. But you will need to enter your passcode to use iCloud Keychain, so it often feels like you're simply swapping one password for another.


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