Remembering passwords

 

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Remembering passwords

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What's coming up

Having lots of different passwords can be really hard to remember.

Thankfully, the program you use to browse the internet - your web browser - can help you to remember them. That way, you can use lots of good passwords without having to be afraid of forgetting them.

In this activity, we're going to explain how you can use your web browser to remember your password for you.

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Storing passwords in a web browser

When you visit a website that requires a password, your web browser may ask you if you’d like it to remember your password.

If you agree, the next time you visit that site you'll see that the username and password are already filled in for you, with asterisks for the actual password letters and numbers.

It may look something like the below, and shows that your password has been remembered for that website.

Password: ************

A computer warning dialogue box asking if you would like the browser to remember your password so you don't have to type it in every time you visit that site. The cursor is on the yes button.

The browser popup

Let's see how it looks when the web browser asks you to remember a password.

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A computer warning dialogue box asking if you would like the browser to remember your password so you don't have to type it in every time you visit that site. The cursor is on the no button.

Storing passwords on different computers

You should only agree to let a web browser store your password if you own the computer, tablet or smartphone that you’re using, or if no-one else has access to your device.

You don’t want somebody else’s computer to remember your passwords, or someone else to access your private details on your device!

If you don't want the browser to remember your password you just click on No, or Never.

No means the browser won't remember it right now.

Never means that it won't even ask again next time you visit the website.

Storing passwords

Which of the following statements are true?

Web browsers can remember your passwords for you.

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True

You should agree for a web browser to store your password on any computer you use.

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False

Only agree for the browser to store your password on your personal computer.

If you don't want the browser to remember your password you can select 'No'.

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True

Reset password button

Change your password frequently

To be extra safe, it's a good idea to change your password every few months, and most websites make this easy to do.

Usually, once you have logged in, you would go to the My Account page of the website and find the section on passwords. You can then update your password and the website will confirm that your password has been successfully updated.

If you've forgotten your password, there is usually a forgotten password link or button when you try to login. Click on it, and you can arrange for the website to send you a new one by email.

A password has been typed in and is represented by multiple asterisks. There is also a text link underneath asking if you have forgotten your password
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Congratulations!

Well done, you've come to the end of the Remembering passwords activity.

With your computer storing all your important passwords, it's not so hard to know which one to use on each website.

Just remember that you need to be careful about which computers you allow to store your passwords, and try to remember to update your passwords on a regular basis.

Next, If you have registered and logged in to this website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the course.