Letting your browser store your passwords is convenient, but what happens if they fall into the wrong hands? Almost all browsers and devices can be hacked, which is why you should learn how to delete your passwords should the need arise.
Why you’d want to delete your passwords
Saved passwords are easily accessible by third parties, whether it’s your friend borrowing your computer or a malicious hacker. Your friend might not do much damage by accessing your social media accounts. However, a more tech-savvy person will know that some browsers will let them check your passwords even if you aren’t logged into any websites. Surprisingly, this information can be revealed with a simple click of the button.
Hackers can also establish a backdoor to your device and use saved passwords to access your accounts (starting with your email and ending with your bank credentials). They can use those accounts to steal your identity or your money.
How to delete saved passwords on your desktop
- Click on the ‘Profile’ icon and select ‘Passwords’
- To delete your password, click on the 3-dot menu button and select ‘Remove’
- Click on the ‘Menu’ icon and select ‘Options’
- A new tab will open. From the panel on the left hand side, click ‘Privacy and Security’, scroll down to ‘Forms & Passwords’, then click ‘Saved Logins’
- A new window will pop up. Select the website and password you would like to delete and click ‘Remove’ or ‘Remove All’ if you want to delete all passwords
- On the Menu bar, click ‘Tools’ and select ‘Internet Options’
- A new window will pop up. Click ‘Content’ tab and then ‘Settings’
- Click ‘Manage Passwords’
- A new window will open. Click on ‘Web credentials’. Then click on the drop down arrow next to the website and password you would like to delete and click ‘Remove’
- Open Safari and click on ‘Preferences’
- Click on the ‘Passwords’ key icon to see all of your saved passwords. It may prompt you to enter your account password before you’re allowed to edit it. Then select the website and password you would like to delete and click ‘Remove’
- A new window will pop up. Click ‘Remove’ to confirm
How to delete saved password on your mobile
Android – Chrome
- Open the Chrome app
- On the right, next to the address bar, tap the three-dot menu button
- Click ‘Settings’ and select ‘Smart Lock for Passwords’ or ‘Passwords’
- Click the password you would like to remove. This will open a separate page
- Then click ‘Delete’
iPhone – Safari
- Go to ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘Passwords and Accounts’
- Click on ‘Website & App Passwords’ – It will prompt you to either use Touch ID or enter your password
- Click on the website and password you would like to remove
- Click ‘Edit’
- Click the red ‘-’ button to delete the record
- Go back to Step 3, click ‘Edit’, select multiple passwords, and then click ‘Delete’
If you’re not yet ready to delete your passwords, there are two other great strategies to help make sure they’ll keep you safe:
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