You’ll already know that it’s important to use strong passwords online, and you probably understand that it is sensible to use different passwords for each and every online service that you use.

But with more of us logging into our email, banking, social media and cloud storage services every day, how are we meant to remember all these codes and passkeys?

In fact most modern web browsers have serviceable password ‘vaults’ built in. If you'd like a bit more convenience when using online services, these built-in tools are just the job.

Read on to find out what you need to know for Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox. If you’re using a shared computer it’s not recommended to use browser password saving options, so try an independent password manager instead – you can find more about these tools at the end of the article.

You can also hit play on the video above to see how it's done.

To make sure you have a strong but easy-to-remember password first, click here.

Internet Explorer 11

Saving your password

Go to login as normal on a website and a box should appear at the bottom of the screen. To store the password click the Yes button. If you don’t want the password stored for this website then click Not for this site.

If you chose Yes, next time you go to login, your username and password will already be filled. IE11 encrypts the details so they will be safe from hackers.

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Save password option not appearing?

If the option to save your password isn’t appearing you may need to switch it on. Open the Settings cog icon at the top right of the window, then click Internet Options.

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Next go to the Content tab and click Settings under AutoComplete.

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Make sure User names and passwords on forms is ticked. (If you want IE11 to store every password you enter without asking you, untick Ask me before saving passwords).

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If you’ve ever told IE11 not to store a password in the past but have changed your mind, unfortunately you’ll have delete AutoComplete history for it to ask again, which is explained next.

Deleting saved passwords

Unfortunately Internet Explorer’s password management isn’t great. If you change your mind about storing password information for a site you can’t delete it individually – instead you’ll have to clear them all.

To do this click the Delete AutoComplete history… button.

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In the subsequent box tick Passwords only before hitting the Delete button.

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Microsoft Edge

Saving your password

Go to login as normal on a website and a box should appear at the bottom of the window. To store the password click the Yes button. If you don’t want the password stored for this website then click No.

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Next time you go to login, your username and password will already be filled.

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Password saving should be switched on for Edge by default, but if it’s not open the three-dot settings menu at the top right, then click Settings.

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Next go down and click the View advanced settings button.

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Make sure On is switched under ‘Offer to save passwords’.

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Deleting saved passwords

From the previous step, click Manage my saved passwords.

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Here you can edit all options you’ve decided for each login site. Clicking the cross icon will delete it, while clicking the text lets you change the details.

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Google Chrome

Saving your password

Go to login as normal on a website and a box should appear at the top right of the window. To store the password click the Save password button. If you don’t want the password stored for this website then click the cross – and if you’re sure you never want the password stored and don’t want to see this alert again for this site, click Never.

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If you change your mind, click on the key icon as shown below and the box will reappear.

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Password saving should be switched on for Google Chrome by default, but if it’s not open the three-line settings menu at the top right of the window, click Settings.

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Next go down to the section called Passwords and forms and ensure Offer to save your web passwords is ticked.

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Deleting saved passwords

From the previous step, click Manage passwords.

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Here you’ll see two lists – one for websites you’ve chosen to save passwords for, and another you’ve decided to never save passwords for. You can search sites at the top if you have many saved and then click the cross to delete them. Any saved passwords can also be edited.

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Firefox

Saving your password

Go to login as normal on a website and a box should appear at the top left. To store the password click the Remember button.

Clicking the small arrow pointing down next to it, you can tell Firefox to Never Remember Password for This Site or Not Now (meaning you can just dismiss it this time round).

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Save password option not appearing?

Password saving should be switched on for Firefox by default, but if it’s not open the three-lined settings menu at the top right, then click Options.

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Next click Security from the left menu and ensure Remember logins for sites is ticked.

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Deleting saved passwords

From the previous step, click Saved Logins….

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Here you can search sites you’ve got passwords stored for as well as a full list.

Select any site you want to delete and click the Remove button below. If you just want to make an edit, select the relevant boxes and click the Show Passwords button.

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Get a free dedicated password manager

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If you want something that’s more flexible and more suitable for use on a shared computer, consider installing a dedicated password manager.

There’s a lot of choice, with one popular free option being KeePass. As well as allowing application of a master password behind which all your other passwords are protected, it can be used to generate extremely strong passwords.

Have you managed to successfully save your passwords or find another way of remembering them? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Additional previous reporting by Scott Colvey.