How to Delete Your Credit Card from Google Chrome

How to Delete Your Credit Card from Google’s Chrome Browser

Did you know that Google Chrome may be storing your credit card number, so you can make purchases online faster and easier? Well so can anyone else who uses your computer! Protect your money and delete your credit card and other payment information in Google Chrome. In case you did not know it, the world’s most popular web browser, Chrome, has a feature that allows users to payment information, including credit cards and your PayPal login! You see signs of this life hack each time you purchase something online using Chrome. However, what you may not realize is that is posed a bit of a security risk.

Many people, including me, use the autofill feature in Chrome and other web browsers like Firefox. I am a dedicated Firefox user because Chrome uses too much memory and then of course there’s all that user tracking! However, I was an avid Chrome user until last year when I switched to Firefox. I was reading about the latest Chrome update which has enhanced security features to prevent people from ending up on malicious websites. I was trying to check my security settings to see if I had the update when I came across the payment information.

Much to my surprise there is a toggle switch in Chrome that says, “Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved!”

Follow these steps to Delete Your Credit Card Information in your Chrome Browser

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. At the top right, tap the three dots menu
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Select “Privacy and Security”
  5. Under ‘Passwords and forms’, select “AutoFill settings”
  6. chrome://settings/autofill

  7. Scroll down to the credit cards section
  8. Find your credit card information and delete it

Websites that accept credit cards, can access this payment information if your settings allow them to. This poses a security risk as anyone using your computer can make a purchase with your saved data. To be safe, remove all credit card and payment information from Chrome an any other browser you use. If you still wish to store your information and need to, the at least block access to it from third party sites.

I have a credit card stored in Chrome because I pay for additional storage on Google Docs. I don’t want to save my credit card in Chrome, but I seems that Google did that automatically. Interestingly enough, the stored card overview only showed that I had one credit card stored to buy disk space, but when I click through to delete it from Chrome, I found that my PayPal login was stored as well, even though I always choose, “no” indicating that I do not want to update the information.

How to Stop Websites from Accessing Your Payment Information in Chrome

  1. In Chrome, tap the three dots in the upper right corner of your screen
  2. Select “settings”
  3. From the left hamburger menu” choose “Advanced”
  4. Select “Privacy and Security”
  5. Scroll down and change “Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved” Change this to off if it is not already
  6. This will stop other ecommerce websites for checking and using your payment information that is stored in Chrome

To stop saving payment information in Google Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome browser
  2. At the top right, tap the three dots menu
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Select “Privacy and Security”
  5. Under ‘Passwords and forms’, select “AutoFill settings”
  6. Change “AutoFill forms” to off

Take it one step-further and secure your credit card numbers by deleting them from Chrome all together. While you are in the neighborhood you can set “Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved” to off as well. I also have “Automatically send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and sites” set to off. Google doesn’t need to know any more about me!

Interestingly enough, Chrome would not allow me delete my PayPal information. It claimed that it was tied to a subscription. When I looked at the supposed account history, I saw that it had never been charged and the subscription was unmade. So now I must track this one down have this battle with Google Chrome.

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Michelle writes about cyber security, data privacy focusing on social media privacy as well as how to protect your IoT devices. She She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years and owns METRONY, LLC. Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michelle published a guide to Cyber Security for Business Travelers