How to disable Password Caching in Internet Explorer on Windows

Whenever we visit a password protected website on Internet Explorer, we have the option to save our credentials. Thus for the Windows Security prompt, if we check “Save this password in your password list” option, Internet Explorer saves our credentials and this is called Password Caching. Due to this, you don’t need to enter your password again and again to visit the website.

However, in some cases the password protected website you saved the password for, may be highly confidential. Thus if you saved the credentials and later on if a user visited the website using those saved entering credentials, the data on website could fall in wrong hands. Hence to avoid these kind of consequences, you may want to disable Password Caching.

Here are the simple steps you need to follow, in order to completely disable Password Caching. Before proceeding, make sure that Internet Explorer is not running, even in the background.

Disable Password Caching in Internet Explorer

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

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3. In the left pane of above shown window, highlight Internet Settings key and come to its right pane. In the right pane, right click and select New -> DWORD Value. Name the newly created DWORD as DisablePasswordCaching and double click on it to modify its Value data:

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4. In the Edit DWORD Value box shown above, put the Value data as 1. Make sure the base selected is Hexadecimal. Click OK and close Registry Editor.

After rebooting the Windows system, password caching will be completely disabled on your machine.

Says Microsoft, You can also disable password caching by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to create an executable file, and then attaching it as an add-in component. When you use this method, Setup adds the DisablePasswordCaching entry to the registry during the installation process.

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