A while back I wrote a post explaining why it’s a bad idea to let your web browser store the passwords you use to log in to your online accounts.
This morning I received a message from an astute reader asking me how to remove passwords that have already been stored by the browser.
That’s a great question, and I decided to answer it by placing instructions for removing stored passwords from Google Chrome and Firefox.
Warning: Before you remove a stored password for a site you should first double-check to make sure you know that password.
If you remove a stored password you might have trouble logging into the site if you can’t remember it. Some sites makes it easy to change a forgotten password but others make it quite difficult (and sometimes impossible). Be careful!
Follow these steps to remove stored passwords from Google Chrome:
1 – Click the Menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window. (Depending on your version of Chrome, the menu icon looks like either three horizontal lines or three horizontal dots stacked atop one another.)
2 – Click Settings.
3 – Click Passwords.
4 – Click the “Offer to save passwords” setting to Off.
5 – In the Saved Passwords box, click the three dots beside the first password in the list and click Remove.
6 – Repeat step 6 for every site you wish to remove the password for.
Follow these steps to remove stored passwords from Firefox:
1 – Click the Menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window. (The menu icon looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop one another.)
2 – Click Options.
3 – Select the Privacy & Security tab.
4 – Uncheck the box beside Ask to save logins and passwords for websites.
5 – Click Saved Logins.
6 – If you wish to remove the stored password for every site that has one, click the Remove All button.
7 – If you wish to remove the stored passwords only for certain sites, press and hold the Ctrl key and select all the sites you wish to remove the passwords for, then click the Remove button.
8 – Click the Close button.
That’s all there is to removing stored passwords from Chrome and Firefox. Good luck!
Bonus tip #1: Now that you have removed your stored passwords I strongly recommend that you follow the steps in this post to choose new passwords that are easy to remember, yet hard to break.
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