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Apple has released a new version of the iCloud app for users of Microsoft Windows on Mac, PC and Microsoft Surface. This includes the administration of passwords, which has been expected since January. These can already be exchanged, used, changed and deleted on Apple devices such as the Mac, iPad, iPhone and others via iCloud. In order to use it in the web browser under Windows - for example, to log into websites and web apps more quickly - iCloud for Windows must be version 12.5. Then the "key ring" can be transferred to Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. This is done in encrypted form so that all passwords remain secure.
The update to iCloud for Windows 12.5, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, is free of charge. In addition to access to the documents, photos, videos, music files, calendar entries and the like stored in the iCloud, the saved passwords are now also included. This innovation, which was released this week for the Windows app, can already be found in the associated one Support document from Apple again: "iCloud Passwords can automatically fill in your passwords in a web browser on your Windows computer. You can also manage passwords in the iCloud Passwords app.“You can find the download from iCloud for Windows with this link.
The iCloud keychain is stored in an encrypted database, is it [called among others at MacRumors. An encrypted data channel is also used to transfer it from the iCloud app to the Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser extension. The passwords are not saved anywhere as plain text. For Mozilla Firefox there is as yet no extension for using the iCloud Keychain over iCloud 12.5 for Windows. A return from Safari for Windows is also unlikely to be expected anytime soon. But even if the feature is limited to two selected browsers, it can at least save a lot of time there. What do you think about it? Feel free to leave a comment :)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.