For full protection, erase those saved passwords – Enterprise Technology Services

For full protection, erase those saved passwords

<p>It&rsquo;s no easy task remembering all the passwords and usernames we need to enter into our favorite Web sites. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s so alluring to tell our browsers to remember these passwords, whether they&rsquo;re for our favorite forums or for our online bank accounts. Unfortunately, this convenience comes with a risk. If someone steals your laptop, this criminal can easily get access to your favorite membership-based sites. This includes your online bank account. It is possible to protect yourself, though, by telling your browser to forget your passwords and usernames. And New York Times tech writer J.D. Biersdorfer recently provided the easy step-by-step instructions.</p> <p><strong>Firefox</strong></p> <p>If you're using Firefox for Windows, click the "tools" menu then select "options." If you're working with a Mac computer, click the "Firefox" menu and choose "preferences." The "options" box should pop up. Click the "security" tab and then click "saved passwords." Next, click "remove all." This will eliminate all saved passwords. You could be more careful, too, by clicking the "view saved passwords" option. That will enable you to erase specific passwords.</p> <p><strong>Chrome</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re using Google Chrome for Windows, first choose the Chrome menu. Next, choose settings and then select show advanced settings. Click on the manage saved passwords link. You can then choose the passwords you&rsquo;d like to keep and those you&rsquo;d like your browser to forget. To do this on a Mac computer, first go to the Chrome menu, then choose preferences. Next click settings. Choose the show advanced settings option. Under the passwords and forms option, you&rsquo;ll find manage saved passwords. Click that. This allows you to erase specific passwords.</p> <p><strong>Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and beyond</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or higher, click on the tools menu and pick the safety option. Next, select delete browsing history. A box will appear on your screen. Turn on every checkbox located next to the options form data and passwords. Once you&rsquo;ve done this, click the delete button and your passwords will disappear.</p>