Apple is one of the companies that is most concerned about the security and privacy of its users, which is why it is always launching security patches, updates, and bug fixes that prevent the entry of any malware. One of its functions is the possibility of having a password manager that allows you to store all of them and even be able to choose a default password from Apple. In this post, We are going to see the lights and shadows of this option.
Advantages of using default Apple passwords
There are many advantages to using Apple’s default passwords that allow you to have end-to-end encrypted encryption and with the security that Apple is known for. Let’s see some positive points.
- Enhanced Security: Apple’s default passwords are generated following algorithms that combine letters, numbers, and symbols, where it is impossible for the user to remember and, above all, it is very difficult to write if you have a photo of it. This makes it difficult for hackers to crack these passwords using brute force attacks. Plus, default passwords are securely stored in iCloud Keychain, providing an extra layer of security.
- Integration with the Apple ecosystem: Apple’s default passwords are built into the company’s entire ecosystem of devices and services. So, if you use a default password on one device, it will automatically sync with your other Apple devices as well, making it easier to manage your passwords and avoiding manual password entry or sync steps, which can be a bit cumbersome.
Disadvantages of Using Default Apple Passwords
We have seen two great advantages of Apple passwords, its integration with the Apple ecosystem and greater security, but it also has important disadvantages that we are going to see below:
- Less customization: We have said that Apple passwords are more difficult to remember and decipher, but they are also less personalized since the entire process is carried out by macOS.
- Risk of security breaches: security passwords are designed to prevent access to your personal information. Therefore, Apple’s default passwords are designed to be secure against any type of attack. However, in the event of a breach in Apple, all your passwords will be exposed because they were generated by Apple’s own security system. In the same way that if someone accesses your iCloud account, they can access all your accounts because they are stored.
- Reliance on the Apple ecosystem: The passwords that Apple generates for you are useful for the Apple ecosystem, but they are not useful for third-party applications. If you ever decide to switch to another operating system or have applications outside of the ecosystem like the Adobe Suite, you may face difficulties in transferring and managing your passwords.
- Difficulty in changing safety habits: When you use Apple’s default passwords, you may get used to the convenience of not having to create and remember complex passwords. This can lead to insecure behavior when managing passwords in other services and platforms that are not part of the Apple ecosystem and that, in the case of a vulnerability on another platform outside of the Apple ecosystem, you cannot remember it and have to have some applications with Apple passwords and others with their own passwords.