as me and IMing all my friends, because Messenger was set to remember me. How
do I stop that, and how do I prevent it from happening again?
You’re not alone, I see this a lot. If you’re not careful, it’s very easy to
accidentally give someone else access to your account if you use MSN Messenger
a public computer or someone else’s computer.
It require’s a little diligence on your part, or you’re going to get into
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First, if it’s already happened, change your password now. That
will prevent any “Remember Me” functionality on other computer from working any
longer, because of course they’ll have remembered the old, now wrong,
Now, each time you use someone else’s computer for MSN Messenger, you need
to make sure the features are off.
To keep Messenger from automatically starting at login, and from allowing
automatic login. Click on Tools, Options,
General. Now UNcheck “Automatically run messenger
when I log on to Windows”, and “Allow automatic sign in when connected to the
We also need to force Messenger to forget who we are.
The next step that everyone seems to overlook is simple: Sign Out -> Hit
the File Menu, and select Sign Out.
Now at this point you’ll see that Messenger may still remembers who you are,
AND remembers your password. So UNcheck: Remember Me,
Remember my Password and Sign me in
At this point you should also click on “Forget me“.
If you ever use Messenger on someone else’s computer, you
must check these settings each time you are
done, or you risk leaving your information on their computer.
I’ve put together a short, less than two minute video walking through the
steps to disable the automatic login and remember me features of MSN Messenger
that you’ll need to take each time you finish using it on someone else’s
Watch the video:
Messenger from Starting and Signing in Automatically.