How to Disable Your Browser's Built-In Password Manager

built-in password manager, the type that comes with your internet browser, is like a piece of buttery toast in the morning — quick, convenient, but not the most exciting option ever. 

Sure, password managers beef up your internet security, but they are just OK. Not bad, not good, just somewhere in-between. You're about to learn why. Plus, discover how to disable your browser's current built-in password manager.

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Contents

  • Why Are In-Built Password Managers Just OK?
  • Why are Third-Party Password Managers Better For Teams?
  • What are the Benefits of Third-Party Password Managers Like TeamPassword?
  • How to Disable Google Password Manager
  • How to Disable Firefox Password Manager
  • How to Disable Microsoft Edge Password Manager
  • How to Safari Password Manager
  • Before You Go

Why Are In-Built Password Managers Just OK?

Let's take Google Password Manager, Chrome's de facto password protector. It does what it says it does: Manages saved passwords in Chrome and Android. But what happens to passwords if you switch to Firefox? Or Microsoft Edge? 

And what happens to passwords saved in Firefox Password Manager when you switch to Chrome or Edge? Or passwords in Microsoft Edge Password Manager when you use Firefox or Chrome?

It's messy.

The problem is, a lot of us use more than one browser — Chrome on a laptop and Safari on an iPhone, or Edge on a desktop and Chrome on an Android. 

In-built password managers can't pull passwords from browser-to-browser or passwords from device-to-device. And this means fewer protections and forgotten passwords. (Seventy-eight percent of us can't remember passwords.) 

Why Are Third-Party Password Managers Better For Teams?

In-built password managers aren't popular among large teams that collaborate on projects. In a survey, employees in the technical sector used in-built password managers for 15-50 login credentials and third-party password managers for over 100 password-protected accounts. Employees contained more passwords in third-party managers. 

But why? There's a perception that in-built password managers are a better fit for personal passwords — logins for banking, email, and streaming accounts. So many teams use third-party password managers for shared files, folders, and other projects.

What Are the Benefits of Third-Party Password Managers Like TeamPassword?

Third-party managers serve different purposes than in-built managers. They boast features such as

  • Automatic password syncing for multiple browsers and devices.
  • Password encryption.
  • Two-factor authentication.
  • Password activity.
  • Password logging.
  • Unique password generation. (Some third-party password managers can create randomized passwords for extra security.) 

TeamPassword goes one step further with enhanced password management for teams that need to access shared login details and keep collaborative projects moving. Discover more here!

Using a third-party password manager provides a bundle of benefits. But you'll probably need to disable your browser's current password manager before you can use one. Here's how to do it: 

How to Disable Google Password Manager

For Chrome users on Windows and Mac:

  1. Click the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window. 
  2. Head to Settings and choose Passwords. (It's under Autofill.) 
  3. Turn off Offer To Save Passwords.

For Chrome users on iOS and Android:

  1. Tap the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window. 
  2. Head to Settings and tap Passwords. (It's under Autofill.) 
  3. Turn off Save Passwords.

How to Disable Firefox Password Manager

For Firefox users on Windows:

  1. Click Options in the Firefox menu in your toolbar.
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. Turn off Remember Logins and Passwords for Websites.

For Firefox users on Mac:

  1. Click Preferences in the Firefox menu in your toolbar.
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. Turn off Remember Logins.

For Firefox users on iOS:

  1. Tap Menu. 
  2. Tap Logins and Passwords.
  3. Turn off Save Logins. 

For Firefox users on Android:

  1. Tap Menu.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Turn off Remember Logins. 

How to Disable Microsoft Edge Password Manager

For Edge users on Windows and Mac:

  1. Click Settings in your browser toolbar.
  2. Click Passwords.
  3. Turn off Offer To Save Passwords.

For Edge users on iOS:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Turn off Offer To Save Passwords.

How to Disable Safari Password Manager

For Safari users on Mac:

  1. Click the Safari menu.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click the Autofill icon.
  4. Turn off all settings in Autofill.

For Safari users on iOS:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Head to Passwords and Accounts
  3. Tap AutoFill Passwords 
  4. Turn off iCloud KeyChain.

Pro-tip: Don't forget to delete all cached passwords and auto-fill passwords before using a third-party password manager!

Before You Go

A built-in password manager is a primer for password management, but they lack features that security-conscious enterprises require in 2021. With cybersecurity on the rise as more people work from home, consider using a password manager that provides encryption, two-factor authentication, password activity, password logging, automatic password syncing, and unique password generation for remote teams. These managers benefit enterprises of all sizes that share logins and collaborate on data-driven projects. 

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