Beware: Stop Using Autofill in Your Password Manager

Nancy Messieh 14-02-2018

Security experts discourage using autofill and autocomplete features in browsers and password managers, mainly because autofill features can be exploited by hackers.


FreeCodeCamp offers a good and simple explanation as to what can happen in Chrome in particular: “A hacker can hide form input fields on a web page, which Chrome will then fill in with your personal information if you opt to use its autocomplete feature.”

So how do you turn off autofill?

How to Turn Off Autofill in LastPass

  1. Click on the LastPass browser icon.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. In the browser window that opens, under General make sure that Automatically Fill Login Information is unchecked. Beware: Stop Using Autofill in Your Password Manager Lastpass Autofill Settings

How to Turn Off Autofill in Chrome

If you’re using the native Chrome password manager, you can’t actually disable autofill for passwords. Instead, what you should do is delete any saved passwords and switch to a password manager like LastPass or 1Pass. Here’s how to delete saved passwords:

  1. Go to Settings and search for autofill.
  2. Under Passwords and forms Click Manage passwords click Autofill settings and toggle the feature off. This will turn off autocomplete for addresses and any other saved information, but won’t turn off autofill settings for passwords. For that, you’ll need the next step.
  3. Click the back button and click Manage Passwords. Toggle the entire feature off as well as toggling off Auto Sign-in. This will prevent Chrome from trying to save your passwords in the future.Beware: Stop Using Autofill in Your Password Manager Chrome Autofill Settings
  4. Scroll down to the saved passwords list. You’re going to have to remove each saved password one by one. To do this click the menu (three dots) button and click Remove.

How to Turn Off Autofill in Firefox

  1. Go to Preferences > Privacy and Security.
  2. Under the Browser Privacy section, uncheck Remember logins and passwords for websites.
  3. To clear the saved passwords, click Saved Logins and click Remove All.

Beware: Stop Using Autofill in Your Password Manager Firefox Autofill Settings

Related topics: Online Security, Password.

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  1. Jay
    February 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    This is clickbait or a very ill formed article that did no research on this at all. Nor does this explain the exploit and how it's Dolores it's done.

  2. Jay
    February 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This says they can be exploited but then never goes into how in the least. This comes if like clickbait or a very poorly researched article.

  3. =David
    February 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    This is baloney. If they can modify the login page to hide a hidden password field, then they can modify the password field to send themselves the password directly. Not to mention, if they have control of the server to modify the login page, they have control of your account already.

    In short: This is a solution in search of a problem. The worst they can do is get the password for that site.

    Which means the real advice is: don't reuse passwords.

  4. Anony
    February 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Why should you care? If you use your password manager correctmy only one password will be compromised at a time and with the major companies using 2-step authentication even if your password is found the cracker still won't be able to enter your most sensitive accounts.

  5. Chuck K.
    February 14, 2018 at 10:37 am

    If this is so vile, then WHY is it included anywhere on a computer? Is it because technology grew so fast that nobody thought about the implications? Walking back what appears to be a good thing? If it is so bad, why is it being the enabler for hackers? lol Makes no sense.

    • =David
      February 14, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      It's not vile at all, or even a problem. This is a solution in search of a problem.