If you have been getting your Web browser to save your user names and passwords on sites, you should stop now, or risk having personal data stolen should you lose your mobile devices.
Here's how you can erase your user names and passwords, as recommended by New York Times tech journalist J. D. Biersdorfer.
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Go to the Tools menu in the menu bar and select Options. Once there, click the Security tab and click on "Saved Passwords".
Click on "Remove All" to dump all the saved passwords, or click "View Saved Passwords" to selectively eliminate information.
GOOGLE CHROME FOR WINDOWS
Click the wrench icon, select Options and click the Personal Stuff tab. Click the "Show Saved Passwords" button and select the entries you want to eliminate.
On the Mac version of Chrome, go to the Chrome menu, select Preferences and then Settings. Click the "Show Advanced Settings" link, and under "Passwords And Forms", click "Manage Saved Passwords" to edit the information.
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Go to the Tools menu, select Safety and choose "Delete Browsing History".
In the box that appears, check the boxes next to "Form Data" and "Passwords" and click the Delete button.
Turning off the checkbox next to "Preserve Favourites Website Data" clears cookies and other temporary files that sites have stored on your computer as well.
You can delete individually-saved passwords by selecting user names and passwords that appear in a saved site's login field, and then pressing the Delete key.
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Go to the Safari menu and select Preferences. In the Preferences box, click the Passwords tab and choose which ones to remove from the browser's memory.
You can remove passwords and other information from sites by going to the Safari menu, choosing Reset Safari, and selecting the data you want to delete.