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Question Title How do I stop Windows from asking to remember my passwords?
Windows has the ability to (and by default will) keep track of your user names and passwords as you visit different web sites. With more and more web sites asking for you to create a user name and password, it is pretty tempting to allow Windows to remember my passwords.

Am I putting myself at risk if I allow Windows to remember my passwords?

The function of allowing Windows to remember my passwords is called "Auto-complete." Has a web site ever asked to remember your password for you so that you do not have to enter it again? If you have been answering yes, STOP!

Here's why. Auto-complete features are convenient, but they do not store your passwords securely. Your private password is simply stored on your computer, unprotected.

That is why you do not need to enter a password to unlock the remembered password. These remembered passwords are exposed to any person with access to your computer and worse, by any program running on your computer.

Your stored passwords become easy targets for viruses because viruses know exactly where the auto-complete programs store them!

How to stop Windows from asking me to remember my passwords -
Internet Explorer:

  1. Open up an Internet Window.

  2. Click on the "Tools" menu from the top of your screen.

  3. At the bottom of the drop-down window, click on "Internet Options".

  4. Click on the "Content" tab.

  5. Click on the "Auto-complete" button and the "Auto-complete Settings" screen appears.

  6. Uncheck the box that says "User names and passwords on forms".

  7. Then, from the same window, click on "Clear Passwords" in the "Clear Auto-complete history section".

  8. A new box will appear and will ask "Clear all previously saved form passwords?"

  9. In this box, click on "Ok".

How to stop Windows from asking me to remember my passwords -
Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open up an Internet Window.

  2. Click on the "Tools" menu from the top of your screen.

  3. At the bottom of the drop-down window, click on "Options".

  4. Click on the "Privacy" section in the left side of the window.

  5. Click on "Saved Passwords".

  6. Uncheck the box that says "Remember Passwords".

  7. Then, in the same section, click on "Clear".

  8. A new box will appear and will ask "Remove all saved passwords?"

  9. In this box, click on "Remove All Passwords".
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Article Number: 117
Created: 2007-12-22 6:53 PM
 
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