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Hi all.

I've forgotten my Keychain password. Can anyone help an idiot out ? Is it possible to retrieve or reset it ?

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Unless you changed it, it will be the same as your login password.
If you changed it, you can only reset the keychain which will result in all the old data being put aside. There is no way to recover the current keychains password.
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Thanks Alex.

I thought the password would be the same as my apple one, but it's not letting me in. Looks like I'll be in a bit of trouble here.

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The idiot suddenly remembered his password... phew. Think I'll have to start writing them down.

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Glad you remembered it, but normally the keychain password would NOT be your Apple ID -- it would be your *login* (otherwise known as "admin") password, the one you use to install software.
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Thanks Chas.

My head hurts with all these passwords. I've decided to put them on a disc and keep them separate; that way, if I get in trouble I can use my wifes laptop to find them.

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Try 1Password. Get a version for the Mac and for your smartphone. Sync through the cloud (dropbox or iCloud). That way you have the passwords wherever and whenever you want, but they aren't available to anyone else. You only need to remember the password for 1Password, but that's only 1 Password.
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Thanks, I'll have a look at that.

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