Prevent Internet Explorer from remembering passwords

Find out how to prevent Internet Explorer from remembering user names and passwords on shared machines.

If you have public or shared machines in your enterprise, you'd probably like the option to control which user names and passwords Internet Explorer (IE) remembers to certain sites. Here are three simple steps to let you disable IE's "memory."

  1. Select Start | Run, type gpedit.msc.
  2. Navigate to User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer.
  3. Find the key Do not allow AutoComplete to save passwords and enable the policy.

This disables automatic completion of user names and passwords in forms on Web pages and prevents users from being prompted to save passwords.

If you enable this policy, the "User Names and Passwords on Forms" and the "Prompt Me to Save Passwords" check boxes appear dimmed. To display these check boxes, open the Internet Options dialog box, click the Content tab, then click the AutoComplete button.

If you disable the AutoComplete button or don't configure it, users can determine whether IE automatically completes user names and passwords on forms and prompts them to save passwords.

The "Disable the Content page" policy (located in User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer | Internet Control Panel), removes the Content tab from Internet Explorer in Control Panel. This takes precedence over the AutoComplete policy. If it is enabled, the AutoComplete policy is ignored.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Gormly is a regional technology directorfor a leading public accounting firm, a position he has held for the last 15 years. He is responsible for all aspects of technology, including PC support, LAN/WAN infrastructure, telecommunications, project management, training, IT deployments and personnel management.

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This was first published in February 2005

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