Saturday, 7 June 2014

How to make my browser remember passwords

 Well, Hello people! And welcome back.
I have been receiving requests from a quite a number of people now, to write a post regarding the steps involved to make your beloved browsers like Chrome, IE, and Firefox to remember your passwords for like everytime you log in.
It's pretty simple. Not to worry.
First lemme get it straight with what an ideal password should be like.

The password you're going to use must not be more than nine figures in length.
Wait, how further are you going to go after nine? :D That would be tiresome. It should have these: a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, symbols, punctuations and you should not go for something that can be very easily made out like common set of words, real life names,etc.
All of these can already be seen in encrypted websites such as banking sites, social networks, mail, etc. All of those discussed above give rise to a strong password that would be difficult to crack.
 How many number of  passwords can the mind afford to remember? Not more than two or three. It becomes very hard to recall passwords for every website that you tend to use everyday. An option would be that you could save all those in a text file or save it in your smartphones in a note or something and when you visit the site again you can just copy paste the login credentials. But that wouldn't be a good idea; That would be keeping all of  your eggs in one basket. Instead,web browsers can be made to remember passwords, just so when you visit that particular webpage your browser will immediately fill in the login details. Lets see how we can accomplish that. Shall we?

Related: How to get rid of cache in Firefox, etc

You must have seen a small window opening when you have just entered the login details for a secure website offering you to save the credentials. We will deal with that in Chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer.

GOOGLE CHROME:

In this browser, when you log into a particular website a popup message can be seen at the beginning of the browser. Login to any account in any of these websites and you will see a message that says “Do you want chrome to save the password”.
Click on "Save Password" and it will save both your username and passwords. When you come across the page again, you wont have to type in your login credentials. Chrome will do that for you.
If you don’t see the password saved and don’t get this option for any websites then this is how you activate the "remember password" feature in chrome.
Google chrome settings
Settings in Google chrome

 Press the drop down menu and click settings like illustrated above in the image. Keep scrolling down and press "Show advanced settings". In the end, you'll see "passwords and forms". All you gotta do is check both the boxes as shown below.

passwords and forms
Passwords and forms
 All you gotta do now is restart your browser and you'll come across "remember your password" message when you attempt to log in to a site. If you still don't see it then perhaps you must have clicked "never for this site".
If "never for this site" is clicked for this site then Google chrome will never offer to remember your passwords.
Get rid of this problem by the following. Click the drop down again and  click on settings. Then click on "show advanced settings" and in "passwords and forms" press "manage saved passwords". You'll see a number of websites that are never offered to save their passwords. You just have to remove all the websites from there. You'll come across this window.
 
passwords never saved
never saved

 Now heading over to the world's next favourite browser. 

FIREFOX:

In this web browser, when you attempt to login, you'll come face to face with a message like this down here.
Even if you've ignored this message the key icon can always be clicked on to get it back. Like Chrome, pressing on "remember password" will have firefox save your credentials. On the other hand, clicking on "never remember password for this site" will act against you if you choose on having your passwords saved. So unless you dont want it to save your passwords, stay away from that button.

remember password firefox
Remember password in firefox

 Click on the dropdown menu now, go straight away to options and then click options. You'll get to see a lot of options in there. Not to worry, just click on the security bar and then inside the passwords field check the box against "remember passwords for sites" which will have Firefox save all the credentials and when you visit that site again, you wouldnt have to type in credentials again.


firefox options window
firefox options
remember passwords in firefox
remember passwords in firefox
If you have checked against “never offer to remember the password for this website”,then this is how it is to be removed. Click on the Drop down menu, go to options and then click options again. Now move on to the security tab and then click on "exceptions" in the password area. Like Chrome, now you will see a list of websites for which the credentials will not be saved. Just get rid of everything, then click OK .Restart your Firefox, and you're done! :) 

Now heading over to Microsoft's own answer to the browser-sphere, the Internet Explorer!

INTERNET EXPLORER:

Now this weird guy is a little different from the two other browsers.
IE offers you to save your passwords in a popup that's at the bottom of the page. "would you like to save your password for this website" is what appears in the popup below.

remember passwords in internet explorer
Remember passwords popup in facebook
 Now to enable saving passwords in IE,click on the drop down at the top right corner of the browser and then click Internet options.


internet options in IE
Internet options in IE


internet options autocomplete settings
internet options autocomplete settings

Now move on and click the content tab, and under "autocomplete" press "settings" and in there check all the boxes.
If you have selected “not for this site” then there might be no other means to revert your selection.  If you change your mind later and wish to save passwords in IE then the only way you would have is to delete all the previously saved passwords and and browser history.
Hope this article has helped you clear your doubts.
Thanks a lot for reading!

If you liked this post, then read our post on how to recover lost data using simple means.

Cheers! 

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