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:

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

A computer warning dialogue box asking if you would like the browser to remember your password. 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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Saving your password to your internet browser

This demonstration video is approximately 1 minute and 2 seconds in duration. It demonstrates how to get your browser to save your password if safe to do so.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side is a Facebook Log in page. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "To get your browser to remember passwords, all you have to do is log into a website."

The left-hand panel shows Mary typing in her username and password and login in to Facebook.

Voiceover: "When you enter the password, your web browser will pop up a box asking if you'd like it to remember your password."

The left-hand panel shows Mary's browser is asking if she'd like it to save her password for facebook.com. She can select Yes or No.

Voiceover: "Click on the Yes button to have it remember the password. But if this is not your computer, click on the No button to protect your information."

Voiceover: "If you clicked Yes, when you next go back to that site, the password will be automatically filled out for you."

The left-hand panel updates to show Mary typing in www.facebook.com into her web browser, the Facebook log in page displays, and we can see her password is already filled in for her.

Voiceover: "This is a much easier and more secure way of remembering your passwords, instead of writing them down on paper."

Video ends.

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eSafety tip

You should only agree to let a web browser store your password if:

  • you own the computer, tablet or smartphone that you're using
  • you lock your device when you are not using it with a secure password or code that you haven't shared with anyone else
  • no-one else has access to your device when you are logged on.

Regardless of how secure your device is, we recommend you never allow your browser to remember your myGov account, online shopping account or online banking account usernames or passwords.

A computer warning dialogue box asking if you would like the browser to remember your password. The cursor is on the no button.

Storing passwords on different computers

You don’t want a public or somebody else’s computer to remember your passwords, as whoever uses the computer after you might be able to access your accounts!

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

No means the browser won't remember it this time.

Never normally means that it won't ever ask again for that account.

Storing passwords

Which of the following statements are true?

Web browsers can remember your passwords for you.

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True

But you don't need to agree to do this.

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 device that nobody else can use.

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

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True

Although, if it is available as an option, you can select Never if you don't want to be asked again next time you visit that site.

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.

What if you forget your password?

Almost all online accounts will allow you to change your password if you forget it. There is usually a Forgot your password? link or button, located just under the password field when you log in. Click on it, and you can request the website to send a reset password link to your registered email address.

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.

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 are logged in to the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the Safe passwords course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.