Your browser wants to help you make surfing the internet easier so they offer to save your passwords as you enter them into websites.
But what you may not know is that passwords your browser save this way are easily stolen from the browser and used to hack you.
This happens to be one of the many ways people’s Facebook accounts get hacked and they are surprised how on earth someone got their passwords – your browser might just be the culprit.
It is one of the many reasons we encourage people to cultivate the habit of using a password manager (which is not difficult to use) to prevent this type of occurrences.
In addition to using a password manager, there is something else you can do RIGHT NOW to protect yourself and that’s how to DISABLE then DELETE browser saved passwords in your favorite browsers.
And I am going to show you step-by-step in this post for some of the major browsers: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Edge and Internet Explorer.
To delete saved passwords on Chrome for desktop: click on Chrome’s menu (three-dots) > Settings. Click on “Passwords” and this would bring you to the Chrome’s saved passwords page. Or simply just type out chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar and it would also bring you to the saved passwords page faster.
On the passwords page, you will see the “Offer to save passwords” settings with a switch to the right. Toggle that switch off. Additionally, you can toggle off the “Auto Sign-in” switch.
If you have previously saved passwords you will see all of them under the “Saved Passwords” heading. Clear all of them out, because this is what malicious people are after.
Delete saved passwords in Chrome on iPhone and Android
To delete saved passwords on Chrome for Android, iPhone, or iPad: Tap on
You’ll also see a list of the saved passwords if you have saved any. Clear all of these out to be safe.
On Firefox: click menu > Preferences. Click the “Privacy & Security” tab at the left side of the Preferences page and uncheck “Ask to save logins and passwords for websites”.
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To delete saved passwords on Opera for desktop: click Opera > Settings. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Settings page, click the “Advanced” settings link. Under Passwords and forms, click “Passwords” and turn Off “Offer to save passwords”. Also, switch Off “Auto Sign-in”.
Again, you would see the passwords if any, you have saved with Opera under the “Saved Passwords” heading. Ensure you clear all of those.
Delete saved passwords in Opera for Android
To delete saved passwords on Opera mini for Android: Tap on menu (Opera Icon) > Settings (gear icon). Tap the “Advanced” option under General, and turn Off “Save Passwords”.
On Edge browser in Windows 10, click menu > Settings. Scroll down to the Advanced settings section and click on the “View advanced settings” button. Click on the switch to toggle “Off” the “Offer to save passwords” settings.
To delete saved passwords on Edge: Click on the “Manage my saved passwords” link to view the passwords Edge has stored for you and ensure you remove all of them.
To manage passwords on Internet Explorer, click menu > Internet Options. Click the “Content” tab and then click “Settings” button to the right of AutoComplete. Now uncheck the “User names and passwords on forms” option and click “ok” to save.
To remove saved passwords on Internet Explorer: Click on the “Manage Passwords” button and you will see all Internet Explorer saved passwords and usernames if any. Clear all of them and you are good.
Important! Internet Explorer is now a deprecated browser and posses a HUGE risk to your internet safety. It’s no longer advisable to use it. Learn more.
Note that this tutorial uses the latest versions of the mentioned browsers at the time of writing.
If you find out that you are unable to follow this guide, one thing is responsible, you are using an outdated browser and that in itself is another HUGE security risk – just like if you are still using Internet Explorer.
Having said that, if you happen to use any other browser outside of the ones mentioned here, it’s not hard to locate the saved passwords settings.
Get into your browser settings and search for terms like “password”, “saved passwords”, “Auto-fill”, or “forms”.
Hit me up in the comment section below if you have any questions or need clearance with any step, I’ll be more than happy to assist.
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