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iOS 14 can check if your passwords were breached – here’s how to use it

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Apple added all kinds of new privacy and security features into iOS 14, the latest version of its mobile operating system. Some of those things include colored dots in the notification area to show if apps are accessing your camera or microphone, pop-ups that let you know if an app is accessing your clipboard, and more.

One of the coolest features is the ability to know if any of the passwords you’ve got stored in your Apple Keychain has been found in a data breach. This used to need additional apps or some manual checking, so to have it built into the operating system is great. After all, the hardest thing about security features is convincing users to actually use them. Now that it’s part of iOS, it’s just a matter of toggling a switch. We’ll show you how to get it working.

Here’s how to check if your passwords are in data breaches on iOS 14

One of the handiest new features inside iOS 14 is the ability to check your passwords for possible breaches. That’s awesome, as this previously needed third-party apps to do, or some manual checking on sites such as haveibeenpwned. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad

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  2.  Scroll down to find Passwords and tap on it

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  3.  Tap on Security Recommendations

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  4.  If Detect Compromised Passwords isn’t on, tap on the toggle

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  5. That page will also show any passwords you have that should be changed. Tap on Change Password on Website to go to the site where you can get iOS to suggest a unique password

This tool will also give you suggestions if you have reused the same credentials on multiple websites, or if you have a password that is easily guessed. That gives you all the tools you need to keep your accounts as secure as possible, so you don’t fall prey to hacks.

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