Manage saved passwords in your browser

Most internet browsers have a handy feature that remembers passwords when you log into websites that require a username and password to enter. In this article we show you how to access and manage these saved passwords.

Having your browser save usernames and passwords is a great feature and time saver when it comes to accessing certain websites, but care must also be taken because if someone gains access to your computer, even if it is only a family member, they could access private information such as your webmail or bank. Here is how you see what passwords you have saved and how to delete them.

For Internet Explorer, press the Windows key and search for the Control Panel. Change the “View by” setting to “Large Icons” and then select “Credential Manager”. Here you will see a list of saved passwords. Click the down arrow next to the website you want to manage and click the Show link to see the password, or the Remove link to delete this record.

For Mozilla Firefox, click the menu button in the top right hand corner and select Options. Select the security menu on the left and then click the “Saved Logins” button. To view passwords, click the “Show Passwords” button. You can also use the search bar at the top to find the credentials you are looking for. Select an entry and use the “Remove” button to delete it.

For Google Chrome, click the menu button in the top right hand corner and select settings. At the bottom of the settings page, select “Show advanced settings” and click the “Manage passwords” link. Here you can also use the search bar to locate a particular entry and to delete an entry, select it and then click the cross that appears on the right hand side.

Because your laptop could be stolen or prying eyes may gain access to your computer, we recommend that you do not save login credentials for websites that contain sensitive data, such as online banking sites and webmail, such as Gmail. One way to add some protection is to ensure your user has a login password and is left locked when you are not using it.