How to Password Protect Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome Browsers

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Nikhil P Naik

Here is a guide on How to protect the various Internet Browsers using Password. This can be done manually and requires no additional plugins or add-ons. Here are the ways to lock your browsers and maintain privacy:

Password Protecting Internet Explorer:
  • In the Internet Explorer, Click on the Tools > Internet Options > Content tab

  • Enable the Content Advisor. Click OK. Enter a Default Supervisor password.

  • After this next step is to set the password. To do so, click on Settings  > General tab in the Content Advisor. Tick the option like in the screenshot below.

  • Click on Change Password and Choose a password.
  • To fully protect the browser to prevent others from accessing,  adjust the ratings slider to None so that no website can be opened without a password.
  • The content control in IE is now password protected. You can’t it unless you enter the password. You will be prompted for your password everytime you will the content control panel.

Password Protecting Mozilla Firefox:

Firefox gives the user the option of setting up a master password for entering the stored passwords in the respective sites. For example, you have stored a password [i.e. asked the firefox to remember the password for an account the you use frequently]. You can stop others from getting the stored passwords. To do that,  Just follow the steps:

  • From the Menu bar, Go to Tools > Options
  • In Options window , click on the security tab and check Use a master password.

Thats it. You have created a  master password and next time you open firefox, you will be promoted  to enter the master password when you try to enterstored passwords into the sites.

The master password just protects  info such as passwords, but if you are looking to protect the entire Firefox profile, then use the ProfilePassword add-on for firefox.

Setup the password from the add-on options, so that next time you try to access Firefox, you will be promted to enter the profile password without which access is not granted.

Password Protecting Google Chrome:

Password Protecting the Chrome Browser can be done by installing a simple extension called the Simple Startup Password. Just install this and set it up so that you can protect your chrome. After you install this, do the following:

Click on the spanner icon next to the address bar. Go to Options > Extension Tab

Search for Simple Startup Password and click on the Options for that Extension.

Set the password according to your convenience. Thats it! Next time you access Chrome, you will see the screen below:

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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