Modern web browsers are full of many different quality of life features that are designed to make your life easier. One of these features is the saving of passwords. If allowed, browsers can save the usernames and passwords you use to sign-in to websites and then automatically use those details to sign-in to the website in the future.
The idea behind automatically saving your passwords is that it makes it easier for users to use strong and unique passwords for every website, because they don’t have to remember them all. One of the easiest ways to have your accounts hacked, is to reuse the same password everywhere; all you need is one website to get hacked, then the hackers have your password for every website. By using unique passwords for every site, it’s impossible to use any hacked passwords anywhere else, keeping your accounts safe.
Remembering dozens of different complex passwords and which website they’re all for can be really difficult though. This is where password managers, such as the one built into browsers, come in. They save your passwords in a secure encrypted format, so you don’t have to remember all your complex passwords. This lets you create longer, more complex, and most importantly; unique, passwords for every website.
Nevertheless, you may not want to use the feature for any number of reasons. You may already use a third-party password manager, and simply not need your browser to do the same job, or you may just hate that the browser is configured to ask to save your password every time you sign-in to a website by default. Thankfully the feature is always optional and can be configured or disabled if you prefer.
To prevent the Opera browser on Android from asking to save your passwords, you need to edit the in-app settings. To be able to access them, you first need to tap the Opera icon in the bottom right corner of the app.
Next, tap “Settings”, found at the bottom of the popup pane, to open the settings.
Once in the settings, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap “Passwords” in the “Privacy” sub-section.
Tap the top option “Save passwords” and a popup up window will appear with three options. “Always”, will allow Opera to silently save passwords. “Ask every time”, is the default setting where Opera will ask permission. “Never”, will prevent Opera from saving; and asking to save passwords.
To prevent Opera from asking you if it can save passwords, simply select if you want it to default to saving or not saving passwords.
Additionally, you can toggle the automatic sign-in feature on and off by tapping the “Automatic sign-in” slider to the on or off position respectively.
“Saved passwords” lets you see and modify the list of saved usernames and passwords. “Excluded sites” is a list of websites where Opera has been specifically denied permission to save passwords.