Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 28
Don’t Save Passwords in Your Web Browser
Most newer web browsers prompt you to save your usernames and passwords for websites, which may contain private information such as your email, or financial information such as your credit card number. You should never save your PennKey password or your passwords for other University systems, and it’s not a good idea to save passwords for other systems containing personal information, either. Once you save a password, anyone using your computer could access your private information, or a worm or virus could steal your password.
Here’s how you can remove stored passwords from your web browser:
First, click on the "Tools" menu, choose "Password Manager," then choose "Manage Stored Passwords." You should see a list of sites for which you have purposely or accidentally chosen to store a password. You can look through the sites one-by-one until you find the site/password you wish to remove or you can simply click "Remove All."
Internet Explorer: Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Content -> Personal Information -> AutoComplete. Make sure AutoComplete is not enabled for "Forms" and "User names and passwords on forms."
On OS X, from the Explorer Menu, select Preferences->Network->Site Passwords, and manage your passwords from there.
From the Tools menu, choose Options. Click Privacy on the left.
Make sure "Remember Passwords" is unchecked under Saved Passwords. Click Clear to delete all saved passwords. Alternatively, click View Saved Passwords to remove.
From the Safari menu, choose Preferences. Click the Autofill tab. Click the Edit button next to Usernames and Passwords, and manage your passwords from there.