The Google Chrome browser has a built-in function to save passwords used when authorizing a user on certain sites. This option is quite convenient, but in some cases it is necessary to get rid of such information. For example, if someone else has access to the computer.
This material describes the most basic methods of how to delete saved passwords in Google Chrome piece by piece or all at once.
About saving passwords in Google Chrome
Before describing the basic methods of removing passwords, it is worth briefly considering what this feature is.
If the "Offer to save passwords" option is enabled in the "Passwords" section, then when you log in to the site, Chrome will prompt you to save your login and password.
There are three options to choose from:
- cross (close).
If the save button is pressed, then the next time you do not have to enter your login and password, authorization will take place automatically.
This allows you to save time and not keep in mind different passwords for different sites. The function is quite convenient, but can adversely affect privacy and security. If someone else can access your computer, they can use this autocomplete feature to access the site under your login or view passwords and possibly copy them. That is why the function of saving a password must be approached very carefully.
If you click the "No" button, then saving for this site will no longer be offered. The cross means neither yes nor no – you do not refuse for good, but also do not agree right now, so the site will ask you again next time.
Can I delete saved passwords?
If you decide to minimize possible risks, you can remove memorable passwords from your browser. This will prevent someone who has physical access to your PC from seeing your login details.
But it should be noted that saved passwords can be checked for security (data leakage), but unsaved passwords cannot be checked.
- click on the user's avatar in the upper right corner of Chrome;
- click on the key icon to go to the "Passwords" section;
- click Check Passwords.
Chrome's built-in functionality provides the ability to delete stored authorization information in several ways. You can clean up all the data completely or perform a partial cleanup, that is, editing. Each option is worth considering in more detail.
The selective editing option is suitable for those who do not want to delete everything at once. To perform this procedure, the user must do the following:
- Open the browser.
- Click on the "Set up and manage Google Chrome" button (three dots in the corner).
- In the list, select "Settings".
- Find the "AutoComplete" section in the left sidebar or at the very bottom of the page.
- Go to Passwords.
In the "Saved Passwords" column, there will be three dots next to each site. Click them and select Delete.
After that, the resource is removed from the list of those for which automatic login is activated. Such an operation must be repeated with each site that needs to be removed from the autocomplete list.
Remove all passwords
Another powerful way to remove all your passcodes in Chrome at once. This is a fairly radical option that allows you to remove all personal data on authorization. The algorithm here is quite simple:
- three points;
- History (Ctrl + H);
- "Clear history";
- in the "Advanced" tab, check the box "Passwords and other login details";
- click "Delete Data".
This option allows you to remove passwords for any period of browser use. You can also clear the cache, cookies, browsing history.
By regularly clearing the information, you can not only delete the authorization information, but make the browser work more secure and efficient.
It's also important to note that Chrome syncs with other devices. If it is activated, the password will be automatically removed from all gadgets with which you have configured synchronization.
Can I recover my password?
If the login information for the site was deleted from the browser, it is unlikely that you will be able to restore them.
You can try third-party utilities, such as:
- Chrome Password Recovery Tool;
- Web Detective;
- ChromePass (Portable).
The second is paid, and the third is portable, that is, it does not require installation and can be run from a flash drive.
An alternative way is to roll back Windows to the recovery point when all passwords were still in place. To do this, go to "System Restore" in the Control Panel and run the recovery from the desired point.