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The Correct Password

If you choose to save a password so it auto-fills when you sign in to a website, I have one suggestion: be sure to save the correct password.

“Seems obvious, doesn’t it? But this is how easy it is to store an incorrect password:

You start to log into a website and your computer asks if you wish to save the password. You click “Save Password” while you wait to access the site. If the password is not correct — maybe you mis-typed or remembered an old password — you have saved an incorrect password. Even if you click “Forgot Password” and go through the steps to create a new password, your machine may still use the incorrect password you saved to deny you access in the future. Ugh.

My advice: don’t click “Save Password” until after the site lets you in. Some devices ask you right away about saving the password, even before the site has assessed your credentials. Just wait a few seconds to be sure.

If you wish to delete old, incorrect, or duplicate passwords stored in your device, open and edit your list of saved passwords.*

I hope this helps.

*Each type of device stores your list of saved passwords in a different place and each device will ask you for a master password or passcode to reveal it.

Some examples of password storage locations:

  • Safari on Apple computers: Safari > Preferences > Passwords.
  • iPhones: Settings > Passwords and Accounts > Website and App Passwords.
  • Windows 10: type “Credential Manager” in the Search field and click on the “Credential Manager in Control Panel” option.

For more details about these and other machines, search the internet for your specific device and “where are passwords stored.”

Weather App Setting

Most of us use the weather app on our smart phones or tablets and rely on it for weather information at home and elsewhere. But do you know the difference between the “local” and “home” settings?

If you allow Location Services on your weather app, the first weather report you see will be your “local” weather: where you are at that moment, which is most often your home city. When you travel, however, the first weather information you see will also be for your “local” location — where you are, not your home city. This is most helpful, until you are away and want to know what the weather is like at home.

To be sure you can easily check your home weather, include your home location in your list of weather favorites. It might take an extra swipe or tap to get to your home weather information, but at least you’ll know right away if your sprinklers are on when it’s raining!