If you’re like most internet users, you’ve probably created more than a few accounts by now. Social media platforms, subscription services and all kinds of websites require you to join their community by signing up.
Over time, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of all your login information. Browsers take advantage of this and provide you with an easy way to access websites by remembering your login information. This is a sneaky way to secure your loyalty. You want to use the browser on all your devices so you can sync your login information.
As convenient as it may be, it does not come without flaws.
First of all, you will probably forget your passwords after a while. Maybe even your usernames.
Also, what happens if you’re not the only one using your computer? Maybe your family members have access to it or you want to lend it to a friend. In this case, you want to make sure that no one can log into your accounts. Fortunately, there is a convenient solution to this problem. You will make sure to sign out of your Gmail account on Chrome and your login information will no longer appear in settings.
To be absolutely sure, the brute force method would be to delete all saved passwords.
Clear all passwords the easy way
Unless you pause tracking, Google Chrome keeps your browsing data such as your history, cookies and passwords that you allow it to save. You can delete all this data in a few simple steps.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and click on ‘More tools.’ In the window that appears, click on ‘Clear browsing data.’
- go to the Advanced
- Make sure the time frame is set to of all times.
- Click on the checkbox next to it Passwordsalong with all other data you want to delete.
- Click clear data to delete all passwords and selected data.
This should not take more than a few minutes.
If you do not have access to the Clear browsing data window using the keyboard shortcuts, you can do it manually by typing chrome://history in the address bar and select Clear Browsing Data, then follow steps 3-6 in the tutorial above.
This will permanently erase all your passwords, so you’ll be asked to enter the login data when you try to sign in to a website, after which Chrome will ask you again if you want to save the password.
If you want to tell Chrome to forget about this, there’s an easy way to do it.
Clear all passwords on your Google account
Deleting all your saved passwords from Chrome is one thing, but you can also delete them all from your Google accounts. All you have to do is open Google Chrome and make sure you’re signed in (click the profile icon in the top right corner), and follow these steps:
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Then click ‘Settings’.
- Then click on ‘autofill‘ on the right. Then click on ‘Passwords.’
- Now click on the blue hyperlink’Google account.’
- A new window will open. You can choose to export your passwords or you can click the Settings cog in the top right corner and select the ‘X’ next to each password you want to delete.
If you have multiple Google Accounts, you may need to follow these steps for each account. To prevent your passwords from being saved, follow the steps in the next section.
Prevent Google Chrome from asking to save passwords
If you’re annoyed by the pop-up that appears every time you try to sign in to a new website, you can turn off this option in Google Chrome’s settings. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the ellipsis menu in the upper right corner of the window.
- Click on ‘AutoFill’ in the left menu.
- Scroll down a bit and click on ‘Passwords’
- Turn off the option for ‘Offer to save passwords’.
After you do this, Chrome will no longer ask you to save passwords. If you change your mind, you can always turn this option back on.
What to do with your passwords?
Are there any alternatives to having Chrome remember your passwords? In fact, there are at least a few options.
You can go old school and write the passwords down on a piece of paper. However, this might not be the best idea because there is always a chance that someone might find it.
Instead, you can take advantage of a password manager app. There are a ton of them out there and they are a secure way to remember your passwords. They are available for desktop and mobile devices, so you can access your passwords whenever you need them.
It is important to mention that you should only go with a password app that has a good track record. And that usually means an established company that you’ll feel comfortable entrusting with your login information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I delete just one saved password?
If you like to keep Chrome neat and tidy, you can delete just one password at a time. Of course, deleting saved passwords regularly and when you no longer need them can also increase your online security.
All you need to do is follow the steps above to get to the ‘Passwords’ page on Chrome. Click on the three vertical dots next to the password you want to delete and click ‘Remove’.
The username and password will disappear.
Is Google’s password manager safe?
For most people, Google Password Manager does just fine to protect your sensitive information. But it’s important to keep in mind that Chrome’s main priority is definitely not a password keeper.
So, if you’re concerned about the security of your passwords, it’s best to use a service that’s specifically meant for that, like e.g. LastPass.
The Final Word
Generally, the only device you want Chrome to save your passwords on is the one that no one but you uses. If there is a chance that other people can access Chrome from your device, you can also choose to sign out of Chrome instead of clearing all passwords.
Password managers are the gold standard when it comes to securing your passwords, so you might want to give them a try. If you have, share your recommendations in the comments section below.