Disabling Browser Autocomplete

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

 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.

Should I 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 mines stored passwords

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.

  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options window click the Content tab.
  4. Click the Auto-Complete Settings button.
  5. Uncheck the option User names and passwords on forms.

The Firefox Auto-Complete feature can be disabled by following these steps.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2.  Click Firefox/Tools and then Options.
  3.  In the Firefox Options window click the Security tab.
  4. Click Saved passwords to view and clear history.
  5.  Uncheck the Remember passwords for sites option.