How do I get my Windows XP computer, IE 8 browser to remember my email
password so I don’t have to type it in repeatedly? I’ve tried a few things, but
none of them work.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #61, I look at ways to set Internet Explorer to remember
passwords, the security risks involved, and an even better software solution
for managing them!
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There are two approaches. One is to actually let IE do it for you.
In Tools… you may have to hold down the ALT key to have the Tools menu show up.
But, in the Tools menu, Internet Options,
in the Content tab, in the Auto-Complete
section, click on Settings. In there, you’ll find the option
that will turn on or off Internet Explorer’s ability to save passwords for
But you know what? That’s not the suggestion I have for you today.
What I suggest you do instead is to actually use a program like LastPass to remember your
passwords for you.
There are a couple of reasons for that. The most obvious one (to me anyway)
is that there are several different ways that people can with access to your
computer actually extract these saved passwords from Internet Explorer. That’s
not good. That’s a security risk that I don’t think I want to encourage people
LastPass, on the other hand (unless you are actually logged into LastPass),
your passwords are encrypted and encrypted well.
They’re kept secure so that nobody can access them.
Easier password access
The side effect or a benefit of using LastPass is that if you want to, you
can have your passwords for just about anything you login to on the web saved.
Not just your email password.
And you can access your LastPass information:
On the web;
Or on any other computer you might want to use;
Or on most mobile or hand-held devices.
So, LastPass is
my current recommendation for doing things like remembering passwords, filling
in forms, and the like with secure information that you can be assured remains
Next from Answercast 61 – How do
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