Do you get hassled by your browser offering to save passwords?
All major browsers can be configured to save the username and password of your account at the website you have just accessed. That’s all very well if:
- You don’t use a password manager (such as LastPass) to handle this for you and
- You trust the browser to keep the information safe
If either of these conditions is untrue then you may prefer your browser to stop being so eager to help. Detailed below are the instructions for configuring the current versions of the major browsers.
One browser will quite happily display all your passwords without asking for any credentials at all. So, anyone accessing your computer can easily see these passwords. And which one is it? Firefox – see below
- Click on Menu option (three horizontal bars at top right)
- Click on “Options”
- Click on “Security”
- Untick “Remember login for sites”
- Close the “options” tab (or the entire browser)
Note that, before closing Options, you can click on “Saved Logins” and then “Show Passwords” to display all the passwords you’ve asked Firefox to save for you. I can’t imagine why they make this so insecure.
- Click on Menu option (three dots at top right)
- Click on “Settings”
- Scroll down to “Advanced” and click on it
- Scroll down further and, under the “passwords and forms” section, click the arrow to the right of “manage passwords” and slide the blue switch left to the “off” position
- Close the “Settings” tab (or the entire browser)
Note that, a bit further down, there is a section called “Saved Passwords”. If you click the 3 dots to the right of a saved password then you can click on details. In the popup window, you can then click on the “eye” symbol to see the password. It will then ask you for your Windows password. This is the password you use to log on as a Windows user. It won’t accept a pin (even if that’s your normal logon method). I haven’t tested what happens if you sign on to your computer as a local user with no password.
Safari (on a Mac)
- Click on the “Safari” menu option
- Click on “Preferences”
- Click on the “passwords” tab
- Untick “Autofill user names and passwords”
- Close the passwords window
- Click on the Settings “cog wheel”
- Click on “Internet Options”
- Click on the “Content” tab
- Click on “Settings” in the AutoComplete section
- Untick “User names and passwords on forms”
- Click on “OK” on each of the two open boxes
Note that there is an option “Manage Passwords”. Clicking on this (in Wondows 10, anyway) will open Windows “Web Credentials”. You will need to supply your Windows user password to access the stored passwords.
- Click on menu (3 horizontal dots)
- Click on “Settings”
- Scroll down and click on “View advanced settings”
- Scroll down and slide the switch leftwards that is next to “offer to save passwords”
- Click somewhere to the left of the “Settings” menu to close it