Skip to comments.Help Needed with Windows 7
Posted on 02/22/2012 7:22:06 AM PST by Former Fetus
Last December I was asking y'all for help with my dying pc because I did not want to swith from Windows XP. Well, eventually I did have to get a new pc, it runs Windows 7 and, as many of you predicted, the transition was easier than I thought it would be.
Actually I have only one problem with Windows 7. The computer does not "remember" account numbers, screen names...I would NEVER store passwords in my pc, but it is a pain to have to look account numbers every time I try to do on-line banking, pay a bill... I had never realized how many articles I post from Jewish World Review until I had to type the name every single time. LOL.
I googled my problem and all I understood is that, if I mess with the user account control and don't know what I'm doing (and I don't) I risk locking myself out of my own pc.
SO, Freepers, do you have any words of wisdom? It is not really a problem, just an annoyance. But I hate it when the computer has the upper hand!
Use RoboForm. Highly recommended.
if you’re going to be one of the only ones to use this, I’d recommend consider using MS Office’s autocorrect feature. So for example, if I type the letters “dn” Office will automatically replace it with our company’s Dun Number. If I type “WFN” it automatically replaces that with our Wells Fargo Account Number.
Isn't most of that handled by the browser instead of by the operating system? Which browser are you using?
That’s not a UAC problem. That’s autocomplete not being on for your browser. Fixing that is different for every browser, google autocomplete and your browser name.
True enough AutoCorrect doesn’t work in browsers, you’d have to copy and paste from an application.
Wow, I haven’t heard of RoboForm. I’ll check it out. It sounds a better than my solution!
Sounds like its more of a problem with the web browser security settings than Windows itself. Are you using the IE browser that comes with Windows or Firefox etc?
If you are running IE, make sure you aren’t running in Safe Mode all the time because it will not store the cookies that are needed for web sites to remember you.
If you are not running in safe mode, In IE, you may just need to adjust the settings in Tools\Internet Options\Security Tab.. These control how cookies are stored and what sites you trust the most.
I love Roboform, I have it on all my machines and it is linked.
What I don't understand is why, if I want to come to FR, all I have to type on the address bar is "fr" and it automatically "remembers" and fills in the info. But, once here, it used to be that under source I would type "j" and it would put Jewish World Review, but now it doesn't. I could understand if it never worked or if it worked always. It is the "sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't" that has me perplexed. And, what about double clicking to make an acount number appear? Gone with the wind?
I think I’ll get RoboForm now myself! (I know, we sound like a bunch of sock puppets advertising for RoboForm, lol)
I’ve been using/installing for others...Windows 7 for some time now.
Frankly, your problem sounds far more like a browser issue. Check your “options” in your browser. For example, everything you stated that you wish to do can be taken care of in Firefox with a simple setting under “Tools”, then “Options”.
I use Norton Internet Security and it has a password manager that works extremely well and is totally secure.
How to disable or enable Internet Explorer’s AutoComplete.
The Internet Explorer AutoComplete feature can be enabled and disabled by following the below steps.
1.Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
2.Click Tools and then Internet Options.
3.In the Internet Options window click the Content tab.
4.Click the AutoComplete button.
5.Check or uncheck the options you wish have or not have AutoComplete.
Below is a brief explanation of what each of the options are for.
Web page addresses - AutoComplete for the address typed in the address bar.
Forms - Enable a user to fill out fields that are commonly completed such as e-mail, address, phone number, etc.
User names and passwords on forms - Any forms that are requiring usernames. This can be helpful for users who are frequently needing to enter their username and password. However, can also be a security risk if that computer is used or accessible by other users.
Obtain a secure vault application for your cell phone. One that encrypts the information using a 128bit key or higher. When you need to retrieve a password, open the app on the phone with your password, look up the account in question.
That separates your passwords from your PC and yet keeps them close to you with two factor (phone and password) and highly secure form.
Is that the same thing than :protected mode"? it is enabled.
Set it to use a 1 second or more delay between attempts which will prevent a brute force attack, and to use UAC to open.
If I stole your computer, I can crack your Win7 administrative password in under 5 minutes. That would leave all of your password controlled accounts available to me. Do you still want to store all of your passwords on the computer?
The problem is the browser. I had this too. Promptly installed Firefox. Then, I went to Tools > Options > Security (tab) and set “Remember passwords for sites.”
It’s just your Internet browser settings. You can adjust them to memorize your info.
Install Google Chrome.
If you stole his computer you probably got in a position to steal a lot more stuff and you hacking into his FR account is kind of pointless. Silly question.
I concur. I’ve had to crack more than a few Win 7 and Vista admin passwords in my career.
Passwords can be saved by your browser. Which browser are you using?
My bank recommends a program called Rapport for online banking and similar ‘password’ activities. Rapport points your browser ONLY to the desired webpage and blocks any external access/viewing of your connection to that desired webpage.
More info at: http://www.trusteer.com/product/trusteer-rapport
We’re talking about all of his stored computer passwords, including those related to financial accounts. You’re not paying attention, are you?
We’re talking about being able to steal his computer, which probably means you’re in a position to steal lots of other stuff, including his financial records that he both does and doesn’t access with his computer. You’re not paying attention are you.
I created a word document and password protected it. Can that be breached? The password is quite complex, using numbers and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.
All passwords can be breached. The question is how much work is the bad guy willing to put into it. Of course in this modern world when you’re using a major software package they don’t have to do much work. Google “word password” and check out the results.