Passwords are critical to safe computing and managing them is getting more and more difficult. We sometimes change them so often that it is difficult to remember our user names and passwords. Periodically take a look at your user names and passwords, and take the time to go through them and remove those you no longer use.
In OS X and macOS Sierra, user names and passwords are stored in your Safari preferences and are protected by your Apple ID and password.
To view your user names and passwords, open Safari and at the top, select Safari and then Preferences. Next, at the top, select the Passwords tab. In the box, type in your password. This is most likely, the password to your Apple ID.
Once you unlock your passwords, you’ll see the list of all those saved on your computer. At the top of the box and to the left, if you want to have your user names and passwords fill in automatically, checkmark the box: “AutoFill user names and passwords.”
Below in the list, click each entry and it will show you the password that is assigned to that website and user name. If you are not using the credential any longer, select it and then select Remove at the bottom of the box. It will ask you to confirm it by selecting Remove again. If you want to input a user name and password from this screen, you can select Add at the bottom to reveal the fields. Double-click each field to enter the information.
Don’t worry if you accidentally remove a user name and password, once you enter it again, Safari will begin remembering it again.
For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.