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Google login page remembers my username
how do you turn this feature off?

 4:54 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

This might not be new, but i'm pretty sure i've never noticed it before.
When I visit the Google Adsense login page (and any other google login page too - like analytics), it now remembers my username and pre-populates the username box. so all i have to do is enter my password.

i know it's not really a problem, but i'm pretty paranoid about security so i'd rather it didn't do this. does anyone know how you turn this off? is there some setting in google that let's you switch it off?

i've searched through my browser preferences, and i'm pretty sure that it's not the browser doing it.

apparently this is a feature of google. i've seen a box which says "We've remembered your account on this device to make your future sign-ins easier. Just enter your password to sign back in."
you have to visit a separate site to opt out.
hope the mods will allow this info page from google support



 4:59 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

Automatically delete cookies and the cache when closing the browser, works every time for me.

I don't like it either, it infuriates me when sites do this. Ok for non-techies and those who don't have a problem being logeed-in all the time, fine, however insofar as I am concerned Google, get lost!


 5:07 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

Cross-posted during RedBar's post above:

This has come about as G has been more fully integrating logins across all services. Don't know of anyway to turn it off. Try clearing your cookies related to Google and see if that has any effect.


 5:35 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

I wonder what happens when you sign in on a public computer. Presumably it does the same


 5:45 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

I wonder what happens when you sign in on a public computer.

Good question. The only public computer around my town is the local library and that definitely does not allow AdSense ads, I'm not too sure about javascript...must check it out tomorrow.


 5:47 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

I wonder what happens when you sign in on a public computer

It's about what information the computer stores. A library computer for example will generally scrub cookies when the session is terminated and they normally run a reset routine each day as well. That said. Accessing sensitive information on a public computer is putting your security in the hands of a third party and I tend to avoid it unless absolutely necessary.


 5:54 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

I never ever ever sign in to any of my Google accounts on a public computer, but I think also has something to do with whether the public computer is set to store cookies or delete them. Either way, best if you don't get up until you're absolutely sure no trace of you remains. And two step authentication has gotten a lot easier to implement with the mobile app.


 7:38 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

Public computers should only be used for things like Google search, or going to specific informational sites to check facts or to print pages. Never to be used for anything requiring a log-in.


 8:35 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

usually there's a little "keep me signed in" or "remember me" box which you can untick, but there doesn't appear to be one on the adsense page anymore. although i do see a "stay signed in?" box on the gmail, analytics and feedburner page

when you sign in to adsense and then log out, your username is still there for all to see. the only way to remove it is to follow the "sign in with another account" link after you've already logged out, and then remove the name from there. my browser settings don't appear to make any difference.

it's strange that they only do that for adsense. maybe it's a bug


 9:58 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

try using chrome in incognito mode


 10:54 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

G wants you to us their googlemail email address when you login. Why that's important I have no idea. I also have no idea how they store the information when I have cookies turned off.

For the moment I have found that one browser, with cookies turned off, prevents that message appearing. I use that browser all the time now to login to Adsense with my own email address.

Probably without any facts but purely on the basis of intuition, I feel this a gross invasion of my privacy. I'm no techno maniac but if I can't work out how to turn the feature off easily there is definitely something wrong going on. All IMO.


 12:52 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

this can only be done with the help of a cookie or similar technology.


 9:38 am on Jun 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

sorry to raise old thread but its a perfect fit since I'm also finding this "feature" annoying

nomis5: which browser was that please? - because I cant find one that will stop it.

I have cookies off, firefox private, chrome incognito and still adsense wont let me go.

phranque says can only be with cookies or similar tech - afaik it isnt cookies, so I guess must be browser storage?

the only way I can find to get rid of it is to jump thru the hoops londrum mentions and "remove the account"

when I click 'sign out' I expect to be logged out.
the behaviour is annoying, its a security risk and its a gross invasion of my privacy.
stop it google!



 10:51 am on Jun 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

Yes, it's very annoying, and is a privacy issue.
The wife went to sign in on the computer we both use, and sign in is not normally saved. Guess what, she signed in as me without realising it. Nothing sensitive to hide, of course, but it wasn't until she'd sent some e-mails did she realise what had happened. It was also embarrassing, confusing and gave away a surprise.


 3:52 pm on Jun 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

I have noticed a teeny checkbox just below where I type in my username and password that says "Keep me signed in" or something similar..it is checked by default. If you just go and log in you probably missed it, but I'm guessing there is a place in your account settings where it could be undone.


 4:33 pm on Jun 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

That checkbox, checked by default, may breach some rules and regulations. [webmasterworld.com...]


 7:37 am on Jun 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

The browser I use to log in to Adsense is Firefox. Tracking off, do not remember history on, when using location bar suggest nothing, remember passwords set off. I list those settings because I have no idea which one (if any of those) prevents the auto-population of the email field.

From the above posts, is there agreement that cookies are not responsible for the auto-population? On the face of it, if cookies are not responsible, then I'm totally confused. I thought cookies were the only way for a website to remember any data.

I see no check box (and I've looked in detail) on any browser to remember user name In Chrome it just remembers it whether I like it or not. I do have the option to sign in with a different email address but it still only allows already set up accounts and that requires a googlemail email address, exactly what I don't want to do. I'm in the UK.

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