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How to Disable Safari Password Manager in 4 Steps

June 1, 20234 min read

Cybersecurity

If you're tired of the constant "save this password" popup from Safari or concerned about the security and privacy risks of its built-in password manager, this article is for you. We'll guide you through the quick steps to disable it and explore better alternatives.

The main reasons to disable Safari's built-in password manager are security and compatibility. By storing and syncing passwords within your Apple account, you run the risk of a cybercriminal gaining access and compromising all your other accounts. And if you use non-Apple devices, and thus need a different solution to manage passwords there, you're left managing the security of multiple fronts. Disabling Safari's password manager minimizes this vulnerability.

Instead, we recommend using a dedicated third-party password manager. These applications offer stronger security features, compatibility across multiple platforms, and additional functionalities like customizable password generators and secure sharing. By disabling Safari's password manager, you can exclusively rely on your preferred third-party solution for efficient password management.

By following the steps to disable Safari's password manager and switching to a trusted third-party alternative, you can enjoy improved security and a more personalized password management experience. Say goodbye to the constant popups and ensure your passwords are in safe hands.

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Is Safari Password Manager (iCloud Keychain) Safe?

The Safari password manager is closely connected to Apple's iCloud Keychain, which we've written about here. When Safari offers to save a password, it saves it to Keychain; you can choose whether to sync that data between devices, however. 

If you're fully committed to the Apple ecosystem - that is, you own iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and pretty much only use Safari - then using the iCloud keychain is convenient and relatively safe. If you have non-Apple devices or use other browsers, then using Safari's password manager is probably just a security hazard. It's one more place where your passwords are stored, and if someone gains access to your device password, they can view all the passwords you have saved in Safari. 

Additionally, the Safari password manager won't cut it if you need to share passwords with colleagues or family members. While you can airdrop passwords to Apple devices, this is a bit clunky and limiting. 

Most people are better off with a dedicated third-party password manager that works on all your devices and browsers, protects your data with advanced encryption and 2FA, and offers additional features like secure sharing. 

How to Disable Safari Password Manager

For Safari users on Mac:

  1. Click the Safari menu at the top bar.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the Autofill icon.
  4. Uncheck all settings in Autofill.

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For Safari users on iOS:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Head to Passwords and Accounts
  3. Tap AutoFill Passwords 
  4. Turn off iCloud KeyChain.

Pro-tip: Don't forget to delete all cached passwords and auto-fill passwords before using a third-party password manager!

How to Delete Saved Passwords in Safari Password Manager

  1. Click the Safari menu at the top bar.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Select Passwords
  4. Right-click the password you wish to delete, and select delete. You'll be asked if you're sure you want to delete the password. 
  5. To delete all passwords, hit Cmd+A, then right-click and select delete. 

Do you frequently use other browsers? 

Are you wondering how to disable the password managers on other browsers you use? These articles might help:

How TeamPassword Can Help

TeamPassword is a fast, safe, and easy solution for storing and managing passwords with greater compatibility than Safari and Keychain. You can create and customize strong passwords on any browser or device and access them whenever and wherever you need. With TeamPassword, your passwords stay secure, even if your device falls into the wrong hands.

Using a dedicated password manager like TeamPassword adds an extra layer of protection. It requires a separate "master" password for login and automatically locks your passwords after a specific time. While not as convenient as Safari's built-in features, password managers offer significantly enhanced security.

With TeamPassword's Safari extension, you can enjoy autofill capabilities on most websites and view record information conveniently in a dropdown, eliminating the need to navigate to separate pages. Moreover, TeamPassword offers extensive features for secure credential sharing, a feature that Safari's password management lacks, particularly for users without Apple devices. Passwords are organized into Groups, and access can be granted to team members as needed. Managing member access and editing records is just as simple.

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With TeamPassword, you can enjoy the convenience of password management while keeping your information secure. Try it for free today!

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