In a world where digital devices are used for a multitude of tasks, privacy and security are paramount. Web browsers are a valuable source of user information, which can be exploited if not properly protected. Sensitive data, such as passwords, are saved in applications and browsers. In certain circumstances, a web user such as yourself might wish to clear your saved passwords.
Many web browsers exist, each with specific privacy and password settings. This post will explain, step-by-step, how to delete saved passwords on the Google Chrome browser. Please note that this guide is a tutorial for the desktop (Macbook/PC) Google Chrome browser and not the mobile or tablet versions that can be found in the Google Play and Apple App stores. By the end of this article, you will know how to delete saved passwords from Chrome.
Important reasons to delete Chrome passwords
Before explaining how to delete passwords from Chrome, you might find it helpful to know some popular reasons for deleting saved passwords.
Using an unsecured device: Web users frequently use devices that are not secured to access their email, social media, and business accounts. An unsecured device is any device that a specific user does not own or have sole access to. These devices can be anything from library computers to a friend’s laptop.
Viruses and malware: Whether received via email, a faulty weblink, or a malicious download, viruses are a major risk to internet users. Not only do they wreak havoc on a computer’s operating system, but the more insidious viruses can also effectively steal a user’s passwords and pass them on to a third party.
Ineffective or defunct accounts: A user may have closed an account, created a new account, or may no longer need to login to a certain website. However, the password for the account or website in question might still be saved. Clearing this information from the Chrome web browser will help declutter the browser’s saved data.
Unintentionally/accidentally saved passwords: Google Chrome has an option that when activated it automatically saves passwords. If a password that you did not intend to be saved happens to be saved, you might want to have it cleared. These might include websites that are visited infrequently.
Passwords of other users: If a device is used by somebody other than yourself, their passwords might be saved on your web browser if they happened to log into one of their own accounts (social media, email, gaming, et cetera). The user in question might not have intended to save their password on your Google Chrome account, or might have forgotten to delete it.
How to delete Chrome passwords:
- Once you have launched Google Chrome, locate the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser. Depending on your computer, the dots could be located next to the address bar, or just under it. Click on the three dots.
- After clicking on the three dots, located the ‘Settings’ option near the bottom of the drop-down menu. It is usually the second to last option on the menu, just above ‘Help’. Click on ‘Settings’.
- After clicking the ‘Settings’ menu, Google Chrome will take you to a new web page, with additional options listed. The first option will be ‘Passwords’. Click ‘Passwords.’
- After clicking ‘Passwords,’ the menu will expand with a larger option of passwords settings. These include ‘Offer to Save Passwords,’ ‘Auto Sign-in,’ and a list of ‘saved’ and ‘never saved’ passwords.
- Select all of the web passwords that you wish to remove, and click ‘Trash’ or ‘Delete.’ Once you have completed this step, you can confidently say that you know how to delete saved passwords on Chrome.
The importance of backing up passwords
It cannot be overstated: It is critical that you back up your saved Google Chrome passwords. There is a possibility that your browser may crash, or a password might accidentally be deleted. While it is possible to recover deleted passwords (see below), it can be a time-consuming process. Whether you manually write your passwords down on a piece of paper or keep them stored on another device, having a secondary, secure location for your Google Chrome passwords is ideal.
If you happened to have deleted a Google Chrome password and wish to retrieve it, there are ways – although depending on the device being used and its software, it may not always work. At present, it is not possible to use Google Chrome to recover deleted passwords. However, depending on your device (MacBook or PC), you could restore your computer’s software version to a previous update.
It must be stated that restoring your device’s software version to a previous update could cause you to lose documents, software/application updates, important browser history, or device information. Please ensure that you have backed up all important documents and files in a secondary, secure location before attempting this.
Internet privacy is an issue that impacts all web users. Whether you use the internet for shopping, gaming, communication or work, there is a high chance that you maintain multiple accounts across a number of digital platforms. The passwords needed for you to access these platforms are saved – either voluntarily or involuntarily – and, while making the log-in process more convenient, this does pose a considerable security risk.
It is important to ensure that your data on all of your web browsers, including Google Chrome, has been adequately secured: both on- and offline.
We hope that this step-by-step article on how to delete saved passwords on Chrome was helpful and that the information provided can be of use.