How to disable automatic form filling on website

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Richard, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I had subscribed to a website and then decided to unsubscribe. To do that I
    had to enter my email address and the credit card info I had used initially.
    Now, whenever I check on that site, if I type the first number of my credit
    card, the entire number shows up. Ditto my email address. I don't want my
    card number stored on their computer, but they say it's a function of my
    computer and to delete cookies and temporary files. I have done both, but the
    number keeps showing up. I can tell from other sites that the cookies were
    deleted, but what do I have to do to clear the history completely for the
    site I'm concerned about? I went to "Internet Options" and clicked on clear
    cookies and clear files as well as clear history, but it continues to happen.
    Does anyone know why?
    Richard, Mar 12, 2006
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  2. Sounds like IE. In the Internet Options clear out the AutoComplete
    found on the Content tab
    Roger Abell [MVP], Mar 12, 2006
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  3. Just a thought:

    I haven't looked into this closely, but I have seen websites with forms
    which IE never auto-completes on - so this never crops up as an issue. For
    example, check out Discover or American Express login website - the password
    box never remembers.

    It would be nice for the website to author their pages to have that

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    David Wang [Msft], Mar 12, 2006
  4. Hi David,

    That would be cooler, although IE does not (if set to prompt)
    always prompt (until the saving has happened) on new pages?

    I would image all it would take is for the site to use unique form
    field name per rendering to defeat auto-complete. If that is so,
    it is difficult to see how the site could offer the personalization
    for the initial screen (login) however.

    Roger Abell [MVP], Mar 12, 2006
  5. hehe. I'm not a Web Dev so I have no idea about the intricacies of how this
    works. I suspect that using unique form names per rendering would defeat
    auto-complete, so if I want personalization of username, I won't make it

    Seems to be close to what Discover and AmEx does (though they try to be
    sneaky and disable IE's "Show Source" menu - but no problems - they gotta
    send all the instructions, including how to disable the menu, to the browser
    via the web page or scripts, and WFetch shows me everything... so I can
    figure out how they do it...)

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    David Wang [Msft], Mar 13, 2006
  6. I would imagine unique field names would be a good way to help in
    effort to defeat automated access identity probes . . .
    Roger Abell [MVP], Mar 13, 2006
  7. Richard

    Alun Jones Guest

    I think that AutoComplete works only by relating the first key or two you type
    to previous field entries.


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    Alun Jones, Mar 14, 2006
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