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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.”