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How do I get IE8 to remember my email password?


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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Remembering passwords

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.

Password solution

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
to take.

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

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5 comments on “How do I get IE8 to remember my email password?”

  1. What exactly do you mean Leo by “Unless you are actually logged into LastPass”. As I am often logged into same I’m wondering ????

    The perils of a transcript of spoken audio Smile. Basically if you are NOT logged into LastPass the passwords you keep within it are protected completely, including from anyone who walks up to your computer. If you ARE logged in to LastPass, of course, then anyone with physical access to your computer could view its contents. Kind of the same way that if you stay logged in to your bank’s web site someone could walk up to your computer and poke around.


  2. If your computer’s on, but you’re not logged into LastPass, no one can access LP without the password. If you’re logged into LP, then anyone with access to your computer can do anything they want in LP, just like they can for your e-mail, Facebook, etc. If you’re logged in, watch your computer, or password-protect your screensaver.

  3. I just want Internet Explorer to Remember only my Email Address not Password .
    Plz Help me in this regard is this possible ?

  4. @Manoj
    IE should normally save your email address and more in autocomplete if you have it turned on. Typing in the first letter should bring up a pulldown menu with all of the choices beginning with that letter. In the case of an email address you would probably just get the one choice.


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