Browser Autocomplete is a feature in most modern web browsers. It’s a handy feature which saves time by storing passwords for later use.
Firefox Browser Autocomplete
In this short example, I’ll use Internet Explorer to log into a Google account. As you can see, Internet Explorer asks if I want it to remember this password.
Internet Explorer Browser Autocomplete
While this feature can be handy, it does present a security issue as a freely available hackers tool will mine these stored passwords and display them.
Hacker tool displays stored passwords
Disabling Browser Autocomplete is a simple process, which is shown below.
Turning off the Auto-Complete feature:
The Internet Explorer Auto-Complete feature can be disabled by following these steps.
- Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Click Tools and then Internet Options.
- In the Internet Options window click the Content tab.
- Click the Auto-Complete Settings button.
- Uncheck the option User names and passwords on forms.
The Firefox Auto-Complete feature can be disabled by following these steps.
- Open Mozilla Firefox.
- Click Firefox/Tools and then Options.
- In the Firefox Options window click the Security tab.
- Click Saved passwords to view and clear history.
- Uncheck the Remember passwords for sites option.