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Erase passwords in one computer #5375824 03/13/20 08:49 PM
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I want to erase all passwords on my work computer before turning it in. I have googled on how to, but it states that it'll erase passwords on all my accounts, even on my home computer, I believe. Internet Explorer, Firefox and chrome each have a few passwords


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Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: daves66nova] #5375828 03/13/20 08:53 PM
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Can't you "wipe" the computer or do a restore to original install ? That's what the computer folks will do. In all seriousness, they have no interest in your passwords.

If you can't wipe it, you might be able to remove your user account and that will take all of your data with it.

Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: daves66nova] #5375841 03/13/20 09:01 PM
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Last company I worked for destroyed HDD of anyone who left.
Boot a copy of Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) and overwrite the HDD?
https://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/files/dban/dban-2.3.0/dban-2.3.0_i586.iso/download

Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: daves66nova] #5375869 03/13/20 09:34 PM
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You can do that in each respective browser. That only deletes them on that one computer you're doing it on.

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DBAN or Killdisk. It will wipe the hard disk.

Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: daves66nova] #5376044 03/14/20 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by daves66nova
I want to erase all passwords on my work computer before turning it in.


Maybe I'm computer illiterate, but don't you type your password when you log on to a website? Why would it be ON your computer?

Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: atikovi] #5376049 03/14/20 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by daves66nova
I want to erase all passwords on my work computer before turning it in.


Maybe I'm computer illiterate, but don't you type your password when you log on to a website? Why would it be ON your computer?

There are various password storage apps and most browsers can store your passwords, so you don't have to type them every time you log onto a website.


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Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: Quattro Pete] #5376053 03/14/20 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by daves66nova
I want to erase all passwords on my work computer before turning it in.


Maybe I'm computer illiterate, but don't you type your password when you log on to a website? Why would it be ON your computer?

There are various password storage apps and most browsers can store your passwords, so you don't have to type them every time you log onto a website.



I have that on most forum websites I go to but isn't it stored at the other end? At the website. Isn't that why they need cookies and they won't let you on until you let them use cookies?

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I would change your account passwords, so the passwords you miss on the company machine cannot be used.

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You can do that in each respective browser. That only deletes them on that one computer you're doing it on.

Unless the user is syncing their data. The first thing I do whenever using a new install of Chrome, Opera, Firefox or Edge is log in to my respective account and sync my data.

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If windows 10, just hold down shift when clicking restart. You'll get to a menu with an option to "reset your pc". That will wipe the thing back to a bare windows install.

If you don't want to do that, you can uninstall the browsers you saved them in, and remove the folder for them under the hidden appdata folder in your user profile. And then go into credential manager in control panel and remove any you see in there.

To be honest, as an IT person myself, we don't give a carp about users' personal stuff and I remove it all from a workstation when someone leaves anyway. But I appreciate your concern about security. I wish more people were like that.

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Re: Erase passwords in one computer [Re: atikovi] #5376162 03/14/20 10:15 AM
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I want to erase all passwords on my work computer before turning it in.


Maybe I'm computer illiterate, but don't you type your password when you log on to a website? Why would it be ON your computer?

There are various password storage apps and most browsers can store your passwords, so you don't have to type them every time you log onto a website.



I have that on most forum websites I go to but isn't it stored at the other end? At the website. Isn't that why they need cookies and they won't let you on until you let them use cookies?

All those cookies are stored locally on your machine.


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Originally Posted by atikovi
I have that on most forum websites I go to but isn't it stored at the other end? At the website. Isn't that why they need cookies and they won't let you on until you let them use cookies?

On any competent, responsible website, they only store a "hash" of your password. They can't read it or see the actual characters. That's why if you forget your password, you can't give them information that proves it's you and they say, "okay, it's really you, here's your password". You only have the option to reset it, i.e. start over.

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Then how do you log on if their computer can't compare the pw you enter with what they have?

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