When I'm on the lightdm screen, I notice that my WPA wifi connection becomes available.

This is cool, but somethings bothers me:

how does it happen while I did not login yet, so I did not provide my password, so the gnome-keyring is locked and supposedly encrypted?

What is the trick? Is my keyring encrypted and safe?

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    Did you select "System Connection" in the network settings? Then no, the credentials aren't stored in your user keyring. – gertvdijk May 28 '13 at 8:12
  • Yes, I did select "System Connection". You're right. So where is the password stored? – alci May 28 '13 at 8:26

As @gertvdijk stated, the WiFi passwords are not saved in your keyring. It will not be unlocked unless you enter your password, so it is safe :-)

You can however change the behavior of the connections. If you go to Edit Connections... in the networking menu and edit a connection, there is an option on the General tab called All users may connect to this network. If you uncheck it, it will not connect before you log in. As far as I know, in this case the password is not saved in your keyring either.

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    It seems non "System connections" are stored in the gnome-keyring. Else they are stored under /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/. Unencrypted, but belonging to root. See askubuntu.com/questions/22174/… – alci May 28 '13 at 8:30
  • Ah, good to know. Wasn't sure about that point. – André Stannek May 28 '13 at 8:35

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