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Instead of your browser, what I suggest that you use is a program like LastPass to remember your passwords for you.

How do I get my Windows XP computer, IE 8 browser to remember my email password so I don't have to type it in repeatedly? I've tried a few things, but none of them work.

In this excerpt from Answercast #61, I look at ways to set Internet Explorer to remember passwords, the security risks involved, and an even better software solution for managing them!

Remembering passwords

There are two approaches. One is to actually let IE do it for you.

In Tools... you may have to hold down the ALT key to have the Tools menu show up.

But, in the Tools menu, Internet Options, in the Content tab, in the Auto-Complete section, click on Settings. In there, you'll find the option that will turn on or off Internet Explorer's ability to save passwords for you.

But you know what? That's not the suggestion I have for you today.

Password solution

What I suggest you do instead is to actually use a program like LastPass to remember your passwords for you.

There are a couple of reasons for that. The most obvious one (to me anyway) is that there are several different ways that people can with access to your computer actually extract these saved passwords from Internet Explorer. That's not good. That's a security risk that I don't think I want to encourage people to take.

LastPass, on the other hand (unless you are actually logged into LastPass), your passwords are encrypted and encrypted well.

They're kept secure so that nobody can access them.

Easier password access

The side effect or a benefit of using LastPass is that if you want to, you can have your passwords for just about anything you login to on the web saved. Not just your email password.

And you can access your LastPass information:

  • On the web;

  • Or on any other computer you might want to use;

  • Or on most mobile or hand-held devices.

So, LastPass is my current recommendation for doing things like remembering passwords, filling in forms, and the like with secure information that you can be assured remains secure.

Article C5912 - October 13, 2012 « »

Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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October 16, 2012 8:57 AM

What exactly do you mean Leo by "Unless you are actually logged into LastPass". As I am often logged into same I'm wondering ????

The perils of a transcript of spoken audio Smile. Basically if you are NOT logged into LastPass the passwords you keep within it are protected completely, including from anyone who walks up to your computer. If you ARE logged in to LastPass, of course, then anyone with physical access to your computer could view its contents. Kind of the same way that if you stay logged in to your bank's web site someone could walk up to your computer and poke around.

October 16, 2012 1:22 PM

If your computer's on, but you're not logged into LastPass, no one can access LP without the password. If you're logged into LP, then anyone with access to your computer can do anything they want in LP, just like they can for your e-mail, Facebook, etc. If you're logged in, watch your computer, or password-protect your screensaver.

October 17, 2012 12:46 AM

Ta for reply
But is of course possible and indeed advisable to edit in a password re-prompt for any sensitive site.

Manoj Kharb
February 7, 2013 3:01 AM

I just want Internet Explorer to Remember only my Email Address not Password .
Plz Help me in this regard is this possible ?

Mark J
February 7, 2013 3:18 AM

IE should normally save your email address and more in autocomplete if you have it turned on. Typing in the first letter should bring up a pulldown menu with all of the choices beginning with that letter. In the case of an email address you would probably just get the one choice.

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