AutoComplete is a feature that stores information (data) you type in Web forms and the list of Web sites you visit on your computer. AutoComplete allows users to complete a form by suggesting possible matches.
Although AutoComplete makes it easier to fill in forms, unfortunately, this also can seriously compromise your security and privacy. Anyone who has access to your computer can view the information you have entered in Web forms and the list of Web sites you have visited. Also various malicious software, and viruses, can steal your AutoComplete data. Your name, date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers, passwords and all other information entered in Web forms, when stored as AutoComplete data may be stolen.
An individual with your AutoComplete data then could use it to steal your identity. For more information regarding Identity Theft, please visit the following government Web sites:
http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft/ (Federal Trade Commission - FTC)
http://www.ago.state.co.us/idtheft/IDTheft.cfm (Colorado Attorney General's Office)
Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends turning off/disabling AutoComplete for all programs. By following these instructions, your personal information (name, date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers, passwords) saved as AutoComplete data will be deleted. In addition please view the University's password policy.
ITS has created tutorials describing how to turn off/disable AutoComplete in Adobe® Acrobat Reader® 7.0, Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0, and Mozilla FireFox® 1.5.
Adobe® Acrobat Reader® 7.0
- Open Acrobat Reader® and select 'Edit' from the menu bar in the top left corner of the program.
- Select 'Preferences...' from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- The Preferences Dialog box opens. Select 'Forms' in the 'Categories' pane on the left. In the right pane, in the 'General' section uncheck the checkbox 'Keep forms data temporarily available on disk.'
- The Forms Dialog box opens notifying you that AutoComplete Data will no longer be stored by Acrobat Reader®. Click the 'Yes' button.
- Then in the 'Auto-Complete' section click the arrow on the selection box and select 'Off'. Click the 'OK' button and you are finished with Acrobat Reader®.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0
Internet Explorer® has two different areas where you will have to turn off/disable the AutoComplete feature.
- Open Internet Explorer® and select 'Tools' from the menu bar in the top right.
- Select 'Internet Options...' from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- The 'Internet Options' Dialog box opens. For the first area, click on the 'Content' tab on the top of the Dialog box . Near the bottom of the Dialog box in the 'Personal information' section click the 'AutoComplete...' button.
- In the 'AutoComplete' Dialog box uncheck the checkboxes for 'Web addresses', 'Forms', 'User Names and passwords on forms', and 'Prompt me to save passwords.' Information Technology Services also recommends that you clear any existing saved data by clicking on the 'Clear Forms,' and the 'Clear Passwords' buttons.
- Click the 'OK' button to finish with this first area of Internet Explorer®.
- For the second area, click on the 'Advanced' tab at the top of the Dialog box.
Scroll about half way down the screen. Near the end of the Browsing section, find the 'Use inline AutoComplete' checkbox and uncheck it. Click the 'OK' button and you are finished with Internet Explorer®.
Mozilla FireFox® version 1.5
- Open FireFox® and select 'Tools' from the menu bar in the top right.
- Select 'Options...' from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
- In the Options Dialog box click the 'Privacy' button at the top, and then click on the 'Saved Forms' tab. In the 'Saved Forms' tab uncheck the 'Save information I enter in forms and the Search Bar.' checkbox.
ITS recommends that you clear all the existing saved form data by clicking on the 'Clear Saved Form Data Now' button.
- Next click the 'Passwords' tab, then un-check the 'Remember Passwords' checkbox.
- ITS also recommends that you remove all other passwords by clicking on the 'View Saved Passwords' button. The 'Password Manager' Dialog box is displayed. Click the 'Remove All' button, click the 'Close' button.
- Click the 'OK' button and you are finished with FireFox®.
ITS is dedicated to your security and privacy. If you have any concerns please contact the Help Desk. We also provide tutorials for various other programs available from the Help Desk.