Cyber Security 101: Deleting Your Browser Passwords

Posted on: 11th July 2017

If you’ve been to one of our Cyber Security Awareness sessions then you will already know about the importance of deleting browser passwords and if you haven’t been to one of our training sessions then you need to book yourself onto one immediately! (and read this article on browser passwords in the meantime)

Over the past few months we’ve been all over England and Wales teaching employees from various different companies how to be safe in their role  and as one of our tips and tricks we always recommend to our guests  that browser passwords should be deleted.

We know that in this day and age there are hundreds of passwords you need to remember and it is so convenient to click ‘remember password’ so you haven’t got to type your password into Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn etc every single time you visit the website.

But fear not, you can still easily login to all your most visited websites without having to remember a tonne of passwords, but securely! How? We recommend using a password manager such as LastPass, KeePass or 1Password. These secure your passwords securely whilst giving you easy access to them across all devices. Sorted.

If you haven’t got a clue what Browser Passwords are, then don’t click away, we’ll explain all below.

What are browser passwords?

Browser passwords are simply the passwords that you allow your browser to store. When you type a password into a login page and click ‘save’, your password is saved with all of your other saved passwords in the browser.

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Why is it important that they are deleted?

It is important to not ‘save’ your passwords, and to delete any passwords that you do have saved in your browser because it makes you vulnerable to cyber attack. This is because saved passwords are not stored securely, and are easily retrieved in a variety of ways. For example, with the use of an emulated keyboard such as a rubber ducky it takes less than 3 seconds to upload all of your stored passwords to an attacker’s server.

How can I delete them?

Many of our guests have requested step-by-step guides on how to do this, so by popular demand, we’ve created the following to get you on your way.

If you use Google Chrome click here.

If you use Safari click here.

If you use Mozilla Firefox click here.

If you use Internet Explorer click here.