Backing up Keychain Data


Keychains store all of your password and personal information on your computer. The keychain is secure and powerful when used properly, and with a minor amount of customization, can be extremely secure (that will be covered in a later post, however).

Keychains are located in your ~/Library/Keychains/ folder. To get to this file in the Finder, choose Home from the Go menu. Open the Library folder, then open the Keychains folder.

Tip: Before you back up your keychains, use Keychain First Aid to repair any issues.

* To back up: Make copies of your keychain files in a different location by Option-dragging each file to a desired location. Do not remove the originals. You can also use the Finder to create an archive as described in the Safari Bookmarks section, above.

* To restore:
1. In the Finder, from the Go menu, choose Utilities.
2. Open Keychain Access.
3. From the Edit menu, choose Keychain List. A dialog appears, listing all keychain files.
4. Deselect the keychains that you wish to restore, then click OK.
5. Quit Keychain Access.
6. Move your keychain back up files back to ~/Library/Keychains/.
7. Open Keychain Access again.
8. From the Edit menu, choose Keychain List.
9. Select the keychains that you wish to use, then click OK.

Thanks for the tip, Apple!

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