All the computer users have one thing in common – remembering lots of credentials.
There are several websites that you access daily, like, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. Besides that, you have your Microsoft Account or Live ID. Also, you may be accessing several network drives in order to access music, work documents, etc.
All of them require a username accompanied by a password for authentication. If you use a common password for everything, your first priority in life should be changing the passwords! A common password is simply not secure in today’s world.
On the other hand, if you have different passwords for all websites and network devices, then remembering credentials for each of them becomes a real pain for a computer user. Windows provides an easy, but secure solution to that – the Credential Manager remembers all the credentials for you. Simply add the credentials to the Credential Manager. It will provide them wherever required.
The Credential Manager applet distinguishes two types of credentials based on the domain of their usage.
This section of the applet stores the credentials saved by Internet Explorer. Ideally, any browser would be able to stores it’s saved credentials in the Credential Manager, provided that they use this functionality.
The Manager stored the following details.
To add a web credential, you simply have to save them while browsing through Internet Explorer. IE will automatically add them to the Credential Manager.
This section of the applet stores the following types of credentials.
To add a Windows credential, click on any one of the “Add a XYZ credential” links of the above mentioned 3 subsections.
Of course, you have to enter the correct username and password. Clicking “OK” will save the credentials.
Besides that, you can edit or delete the existing credentials. Click on “Edit” or “Remove” link located with the respective credential, in order to accomplish the desired operation.
You can also backup your credentials so that they can be restored anytime later. Click on “Back up Credentials”. This launches a wizard that will guide you through the backup process.
Select the file location that you want to save the backup, and click “Next”.
Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will lead you to a secure desktop, where only this wizard runs. It prompts you to enter password for file protection. This completes your backup process.
In case of an emergency like PC format, you can restore the backed up credentials through a similar process.