How to prevent saving of Outlook password

Although having your password saved on Outlook is the most convenient option, some people may choose to opt out of Outlook’s option to autofill your credentials when you log in. The biggest reason for this is for security, especially if you are being sent important files or documents to your Outlook account or vice versa. This means that every time you want to access your Outlook account, you have to enter your login credentials every time as Outlook will not automatically enter it. In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to change your Outlook settings to ensure that Outlook always prompts for your login credentials. 

Disabling the ‘remember password’ option in Outlook: 

  1. Log into your Outlook account using your credentials
  2. Type ‘Account Settings’ into the search bar and click on ‘Account Settings’
  3. When the window appears, click on the ‘Email tab’
  4. Then double click on your email account
  5. Select ‘More Settings’
  6. Click on the ‘Security’ tab
  7. Under the ‘User identification’ section select the check box for ‘Always prompt for login credentials’
  8. Click ‘OK’

Please note that changing these settings can only be done on the Outlook desktop app and not on the browser version of Outlook. 

Security implications of password saving:

Although it saves a lot of hassle when signing into your account every morning, by having your password saved on Outlook, your co-workers and other people in the office can easily access your emails. Even if their intentions behind signing into your email may not be malicious, it could result in opening you or the company up to compromise. For Outlook users who may work from home, it is a similar situation around family members or children who could potentially access your Outlook as your credentials and passwords are already saved. 

As briefly mentioned previously, this could be detrimental to your work and to the company, especially if your email account holds important documents for your company/ organisation. Although it may seem easier to allow Outlook to save your credentials, it may be that the safest option is to disable the autofill option. This is particularly useful if your job role requires your emails to be a host to crucial documents or files. 

Step by step process of disabling the ‘remember password’ option in Outlook:

  1. Log into your Outlook account using your credentials 

For this tutorial, I will be singing into Outlook using an example email and password.

  1. Type ‘Account Settings’ into the search bar and click on ‘Account Settings’

When you begin to type in ‘Account Settings’ at in the search bar at the top of the screen, the correct option will appear as a suggestion (where the cursor is)

  1. When the window appears, click on the ‘Email tab’

Once this window appears, make sure that you are on the email tab from the panel at the top.

  1. Then double click on your email account

As I mentioned before, here I am using an example email address and log in for the purpose of this demonstration. 

  1. Select ‘More Settings’

A new window will then appear. On this page, click on ‘More Setting which can be located at the bottom of the window.

  1. Click on the ‘Security’ tab

From the top panel, select the ‘Security’ tab.

  1. Select the tick box for ‘Always prompt for login credentials’ 

Under the ‘User identification’ section, Click the box for ‘Always prompt for login credentials’. Once selected, a tick will appear in the box.

  1. Click ‘OK’

Finally, once you select ‘OK’ from the bottom of the window, the changes to your account will be made and the ‘remember password’ option will be disabled. This means that you will have to manually enter your credentials every time you sign in to your Outlook account. 

Thank you for reading! We hope this blog post helped you with your Outlook password issues. If you have any comments or further questions about this blog post, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.

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Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier. You can connect with Jack on LinkedIn.

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