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Windows Update deletes stored passwords


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#1 manfred99

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:46 AM

I'm using Windows 7 64 bit and Internet Explorer 11. When Windows Update runs, it frequently deletes some of my stored passwords. How do I prevent that from happening?

 

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#2 Agouti

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:54 AM

I don't know why that happens, however, I'd advise you to use a password manager (Lastpass and Keepass) instead of storing your password in a browser.



#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:54 PM

Like Agouti, I don't know why that should happen, but keeping passwords in clear text on your computer is lousy security. Yes it's your computer and you can do what you want with it, but . . .

 

If you don't want to use either Lastpass or Keepass, because both of them require password access, and then keeping those passwords on your computer sort of negates the point of using them, you could try keeping them in a text file on a spare memory stick. When you need the password, connect the stick to the computer, open the file, copy / paste the password you want into the application asking for it. This even has the advantage of eliminating typing errors and getting those 'Incorrect password' messages.

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 09:09 PM

I agree with the other commenters, storing passwords in your browser these days is a hazard you don't need. A password manager is the way to go to ensure the best security for your passwords.



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Posted 13 April 2014 - 03:18 AM

IE 11 and Firefox both have a password manager that is locked out by a master password. The database is AES 256 & stored in the User profile. It's safe to use.


Edited by technonymous, 13 April 2014 - 03:22 AM.





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