Archive

Posts Tagged ‘AutoComplete’

Remove Saved Username and Password from Internet Explorer

June 21st, 2006 No comments

Introduction

Microsoft Internet Explorer has a feature called AutoComplete that enables Internet Explorer to remember your username and password for certain web forms. Using this feature may be handy for accessing web pages where security is of little consequence. However, using this feature on a public computer creates a situation whereby other people can authenticate into your webmails or financial applications using your username and password.

If you have previously allowed Internet Explorer’s AutoComplete feature to remember your username and password on a public computer, you should remove it by following the procedure outlined below.

Procedure Summary

1. Highlight your username in the AutoComplete drop-down list.

2. Press the Delete key on your keyboard. Your username and password will be removed from the list that Internet Explorer remembers.

Detailed Instructions

1. If Internet Explorer has remembered your username and password, for example, for the Purdue Webmail form, you will notice that when you enter the first letter of your username in the Username field, a drop-down list will appear that contains your complete username.

Select your username in the drop-down list in one of the following ways. (1) You can point at it with the mouse (but don’t click the mouse button), or (2) Press the the down-arrow key on your computer’s keyboard (see Figure 1).

RemoveIDAndPwd1
Figure 1. Highlight your username in the AutoComplete drop-down list.

2. With your username selected in the AutoComplete drop-down list, press the Delete key on your keyboard.

3. When the AutoComplete dialog box appears, click the Yes button to remove your username and password from the list of remembered items in Internet Explorer (see Figure 2).

RemoveIDAndPwd2
Figure 2. Select Yes when the AutoComplet dialog box appears.