iCloud for Windows has a built-in password generator


A new update for Apple’s iCloud for Windows app added a password generator, as well as support for Apple’s ProRaw and ProRes photo and video formats to the cloud storage utility. The update, which was the first sighted by MacRumors, also adds the ability for attendees of a shared iCloud Drive file or folder to add or remove other users.

Adding a password generator makes Apple’s iCloud Keychain a much more viable cross-platform password manager. An update in August follows that allowed Windows users to log in (but don’t generate) passwords from your iCloud account. Together with Chrome iCloud extension Released by Apple earlier this year, Windows iCloud users now have access to basic password management features when away from their Apple device.

Given the option, I would personally still recommend anyone looking for a password manager to opt for a true platform independent alternative. I recommend Bitwarden as the best free option, because in addition to being available on Mac, iOS and Windows, it is like this available on Android, so you’re not stuck on Apple’s mobile platform if you want to switch in the future. But using iCloud Keychain is better than not using a password manager at all.

Meanwhile, the addition of ProRes and ProRaw support is useful as the latest iPhones are now capable of shooting in both formats. Making it easier to sync these with your Windows PC should be useful if you want to view, or more likely edit, them on a Windows computer.


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