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Windows 7: IE 9.0 Will Not Save Passwords on Certain Websites

29 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
IE 9.0 Will Not Save Passwords on Certain Websites

I tried posting this a little while ago but I don't think I explained it very well, so please forgive me for posting the same problem again...

I use IE 9.0 for nearly everything with good results, but have had one peculiar problem. The program will not ask to remember passwords on certain websites. Particularly, it won't ask for passwords on most bank websites and also on the login for the online school I work for.

I have done the basics such as clean out cookies, temporary internet files and so forth, but the problem persists. It works perfectly normally for all other websites like this one, YouTube, etc. Other browsers will memorize the passwords for the above mentioned websites, so this seems to be something peculiar to IE. Any ideas or help would be much appreciated.


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29 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

If I recall correctly, IE purposefully does not remember the passwords for certain sites. Think about it. If it saved the password for your banking site, and someone else used your computer, especially if it was stolen, they would have full access to all of your banking info. If they accessed your work info, they could send melicious emails, from your work email account, to everyone you work with. Personally, I have a problem with browsers offering to save my login information for my banks website.
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29 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

In addition to what Petey7 said, there are other possibilities. For example the account manager for my retirement account told me that the web site I use to access my account is programmed to disallow any password saving. Once again as stated in the previous post, it is a matter of security. I did not want to save my password. The info from the account manager was part of his canned speech about using the web site.

If you desire to save your password because you have trouble remembering it, but desire to have a strong password, there are a few tricks to overcome that without saving it on your computer. You can use a song title, song lyrics, type of car you drive, etc. and convert it into a password. I will use the Beatles song "Yellow Submarine" as an example. No, this is not one I personally use. It is merely an example.

The lyrics include "we all live on a yellow submarine." Most advice I have seen about strong passwords recommends a minimum of 8 characters with a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters. What can we do with "we all live in a yellow submarine"? These lyrics only contain seven words; so, the artist (Beatles) can provide the eighth character to satisfy the minimum eight characters.

Let's use bW@1i@ys. The artist and lyrics are easy to remember. The first letter of the artist and the chosen lyrics have been been modified to use all four types of characters:
b -- for B in Beatles
W -- for w in we
@ -- a in all
1 -- for l in live
i -- for i in in
@ -- for a
y -- for y in yellow
s -- for s in submarine

Likewise the artist's name could be used by adding one character and modifying each letter in the artist's name. To aid in memory, use characters which resemble the letters they replace: 3 for E, @ for a, etc.

Using something similar to this is easy to remember. It doesn't have to be saved on the computer. It is more difficult to crack because of the combination of types of characters.

I hope you find this helpful.

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29 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks guys. That actually makes sense.
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