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Old 12-01-18, 23:00
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Ever got a new device or needed to log in on a different device and when you come to log into accounts you realise that the login passwords and maybe email addresses you once knew for your different accounts have been forgotten, simply because your browser stored them for you and just inserted them automatically so now you can't remember them because you haven't actually had to type them in for a long time.

My wife is good at this she never records them and then lets her machine store and insert them automatically. Having a new phone she suddenly discovered she could no longer sign in to some of her accounts so I had to scratch my head.

The solution was as follows, I booted up her laptop, this will be similar on most browsers but as we use Firefox here's how it works on the latest version of Firefox.

Click the three little bars top right of screen and then select options. > In the tab that opens type 'saved' into the search box, if the search isn't automatic click the magnifying glass on the left to start the search. >You should then be presented with all options containing the word 'saved'; select 'saved logins'. >You will now be presented with all your saved logins but without the passwords. >Click 'show password' bottom right, you will be asked 'are you sure' click yes and the passwords will be shown. >When you are done, click 'Hide Passwords' > click 'Close' and then back out of the tab. Simple as that.

NB. You can also remove any log-ins you no longer want storing by simple clicking on the one you don't want in order to highlight it and then clicking the 'Remove Button' but be careful not to click on 'remove all', unless of course you do actually want to remove them all.
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Old 13-01-18, 07:39
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All correct Jak. But do consider the consequences:
If I sat down at your computer I would be able to view and steal all your logins and passwords.
If I wrote a virus to steal the data over the internet I would have access to all your accounts.
If your laptop is stolen the ‘new owner’ could access your passwords.

So do set a master password. The option is there in firefox. This encrypts all the passwords in the file. When you open the browser and go to a site that requires one of the stored passwords a box will open asking for your master password. Only then will the login be auto filled. This will continue to work until you shut down Firefox. On reopening you will need to enter the master password once more.

I Never allow Firefox to remember critical logins for internet banking, papal, amazon, ebay accounts.
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Old 13-01-18, 10:20
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It is possible to move the location of stored passwords in Firefox to an external usb stick or hard drive, which you remove after use and store separately from the laptop. Also as a last ditch backup I regularly print them all, currently 5 A4 pages, and store that very separately from the laptop.

This beats the 'making love on one leg in a hammock' approach that is usually recommended here.

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Old 13-01-18, 16:50
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This beats the 'making love on one leg in a hammock' approach that is usually recommended here.
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Cor! that doesn't half make your groin ache. ... or so they tell me
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Old 13-01-18, 17:03
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Hey give me a bit of credit SB.
Looks like you have got it all under control.
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Old 13-01-18, 17:14
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Just done the password thingy, got a full bar on the password strength

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Old 17-01-18, 11:29
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It is possible to move the location of stored passwords in Firefox to an external usb stick or hard drive, which you remove after use and store separately from the laptop. Also as a last ditch backup I regularly print them all, currently 5 A4 pages, and store that very separately from the laptop.

This beats the 'making love on one leg in a hammock' approach that is usually recommended here.

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This sounds like a very good idea, Nik. How do you find the location of stored passwords please?
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Old 17-01-18, 18:39
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This sounds like a very good idea, Nik. How do you find the location of stored passwords please?
You will find that in the first post

@NikBold ..Yes that does sounds like a good option Nik, confess I didn't realise you meant it stores on the USB in stead of the on screen location and at first I couldn't see the advantage.

I take it the way you use it is remembering to insert the USB just before clicking remember details other wise there would be no real difference to it being stored on the HDD. I guess you would also need to assign a permanent drive letter to the USB stick if you wanted it to work automatically as it would from the actually browser location on the HDD.
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Old 17-01-18, 19:22
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Just been looking at how to achieve this and I suspect you may have meant just storing them for easy future manual reference rather than actually auto recording to, and inserting from the USB stored 'log-ins' file.

Which, if that is the the case with my wife's laptop it probably wouldn't get done anymore than the other ways of recording them unless I did it for her which takes us back to post one.
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This sounds like a very good idea, Nik. How do you find the location of stored passwords please?

You will find that in the first post

Nik thanks for your reply...I know how to access my passwords within Firefox but have no idea how to move the password file to a stick or how to print out the passwords without making repeated screen grabs. Please accept my apologies for being so dense.
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