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 providing instructions for removing stored passwords from Google Chrome and Firefox via this blog post.
Caution: 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 Customize and Control icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window (it looks like three vertical dots).
2 – Click Settings.
3 – Click Passwords.
4 – Toggle the Offer to save passwords setting to Off.
5 – In the Saved Passwords section, 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 – Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the window, then click Remove All Logins…
That’s all there is to removing stored passwords from Chrome and Firefox.
Bonus tip: Now that you have removed your stored passwords I 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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