Exit Power Strategies - browsers may hold the keys


Sometimes you need to know where to start to create your list of usernames and passwords. A great place to start is in the browsers. Top browsers include: Google’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer /Edge. This is all for desktop only, not hand-held-devices. This information is as of 9/11/2017. Please, as of reading this, stop having your browser remember your passwords. It’s one of the most vulnerable areas to give away your information. If you are already using something like LastPass, Keychain or other password management systems, your browsers are probably already cleaned out. That’s part of the set up process. This list you will compile is a GREAT remember of all that you have out there. Some of the logins may no longer work, but you should be able to follow up to verify whether or not you still have an account there. This is something you can do for Mom & Dad, too. Create the list, and before you leave their house, turn off “remember password” option. Upload it to Drive so you can access it later.

Stop Chrome from asking to save passwords

By default, Chrome offers to save your password. You can turn this option off or on at any time.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under “Password and forms,” click Manage passwords.
  5. Turn the setting on or off. Off is a good answer.

In Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under “Passwords and forms,” click Manage passwords.
  5. Under “Saved passwords,” to the right of the website, click More More and then Details.
  6. To the right of the password, click Preview Preview.
    • Windows & Mac: If you lock your computer with a password, you’ll be prompted to enter your computer password.
    • If you’ve saved passwords to Smart Lock for Passwords or to Chrome while signed in, you can also see and delete your saved passwords at passwords.google.com

In Firefox:

You can easily manage the usernames and passwords that Firefox has saved for you.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.
  2. Click the Security panel.
  3. Click Saved Logins… and the Password Manager will open.
  4. To see the passwords you have saved, click Show Passwords. When you close the window, your passwords will be automatically hidden.
  5. Use the search box to find a particular website or username. Click the X in the search bar to clear your search and see the full list again.
  6. To remove the username and password for a website, select the site’s entry from the list and click Remove.
  7. To remove all stored usernames and passwords, click Remove All. After confirming this choice, all of your stored usernames and passwords will be deleted. DON’T DO THIS YET! WE NEED THE LIST!!!!!
  8. To go “peferences” >> “security” in the left >> Import/Export Passwords >> DO NOT check “Obfuscate (hide) Usernames/Passwords. Then click  “export Passwords” – save it somewhere you’ll remember. We’ll need it. Name it something other than: password-export-2017-09-11.xml – try: Firefox-passwords-20170911.xml – You must keep the EXTENSION .xml or the file will not open. That’s the type of file it is. Don’t change that.
  9. After you have the list, opened it to verify, you can go back and delete them all out of the browser.

I’m not even covering how to import passwords, etc. I don’t want you to do that.

Internet Explorer/Edge

  1. In the browser at top – you’ll see three dots. Click on it. 1.and then select Settings.
  2.  Click the “View advanced settings” button
  3. Click “Managed my saved passwords.”

I’m assuming you are using Edge because you are a Windows user, otherwise why would you use it? Even if you are a Windows user, why use Edge?

Edit or Delete Logins from Windows’ Credentials Manager

  1. If you want more detailed information about saved logins, such as revealing your passwords, you’ll need to head to the Control Panel.Press Win+X and then select Control Panel.
  2. Click User Accounts.
  3. In the middle: Credential Manager: Click “Manage Web Credentials.”
  4. You’ll see a list of logins for websites, apps, and networks saved by Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
  5. Click the Show link or Remove link to reveal the password or remove the stored login information. You’ll be prompted to enter your account password to see the web password. You’ll have to click on EACH account to see the password. Total pain in the patootie, but you can copy/paste to add these to your growing list.

Safari – find them first:

View, add, or edit user names and passwords Safari saved for websites. To set these options, open Safari, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Passwords.

To sort the website list, click a column heading. For example, to focus on websites with saved passwords, bring them to the top of the list by clicking the Password column heading. Click again to change the sort direction.

  1. Safari will show you the sites it has saved your logins for.
  2. Now here’s tedious: To copy the URL, username, or password, right-click on the login and you’ll have all three option: copy website, copy username, copy password – one at a time!