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Erasing Passwords From a Browser's Memory; Browsers for Macs; Cell Phones and Hearing Aids

Sunday, November 21, 2004; Page F05

I'm about to replace a couple of older computers whose Web browsers have memorized the user IDs and passwords I use at many financial sites. How do I erase that data?

Go to Internet Explorer's Tools menu, select Internet Options, then click the Content tab. There, click the AutoComplete button; in that window, click the Clear Passwords button. (This can be easy to overlook, since this feature isn't listed under the Security or Privacy tabs of that window as you might expect.)

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This step, however, should be only a start in cleaning up your old data. If you really want to make sure that nothing is left on that machine -- and ensure that the new user gets a clean system without any excess, unwanted software -- you should use the CD that came with the machine to reformat the entire hard drive, then reinstall Windows from scratch.

I read your review of Firefox, but I can't use it -- or Apple's Safari -- on my two iMacs, both of which are running Mac OS 9. Can you recommend any other browsers?

The selection isn't great. Aside from Microsoft's Internet Explorer for Mac (which would be perfectly usable if it blocked pop-up windows), you have Mozilla 1.2.1 (www.mozilla.org/download.html) and Netscape 7.02 (click the "Mac PowerPC" link at channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/archive70x.jsp)

Where can I find out which cell phones don't interfere with hearing aids?

The cell phone industry's trade association, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, has a Web site that lists compatible phones: www.accesswireless.org.

While not many are available at the moment, the Federal Communications Commission has required that half of those sold by 2008 should not interfere with hearing aids. More details are listed at its Web site, www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/hac.html.

-- Rob Pegoraro

Rob Pegoraro attempts to untangle computing conundrums and errant electronics each week. Send questions to The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or rob@twp.com.


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