|Browsers only deal with passwords on the web... Hence the clearing of the "remember me" setting whenever you deal with the cookie associated with the website where you have used that option.|
Passwords for OS and installed apps/utilities etc. are stored in the SAM data base of the OS (as per members of NT family); and that is accessed (checked) when you seek to login using your profile log/password. Once the login process has found "your" login/password details to allow you login to the OS, it then loads a (your personal) set of allowed privileges; and thus loads your profile, and you engage/use "your" profile settings various... Any passwords set by you for apps/utilities etc. will be available as a consequence, thus allow you to login (automatically) to whichever app/utility when you open that app/utility.
Cumbersome though it might be - and I wouldn't bother going there personally - one logically could configure a computer to require a user to provide a login/password for a given app/utility each time the logged in user wished to use sed app/utility.- once they are logged into the desktop. On some corporate networked system this may actually be done; as a means of restricting (in a rather questionable and awkward way) access to whatever; when it might better be done via the networked user's profile settings (on the sever).
Way back when I was still in the broadcast biz... (we used to regard it as profession - but nowadays...?) I used to have access at a local level of all user's machines in my area; but I had to log out the actual computer in question, and use a specific login/password to allow me to access many settings not otherwise available... I could not do it using the user's details, nor my own... There was a local admin level login - which I used and which did not allow access above the local area; thus I couldn't affect higher levels of the system (which was a wise practice and policy...). We had a proper IT department to deal with anything above local level; and also local level too. My access was a locally granted privilege to use as/when there was no IT staffer available and the problem needed to be resolved there and then. I wasn't actually part of the IT dept...
Browsers as such (at least in my limited experience...) do not normally have a password associated with them. But... the actual profile for your personal login will have settings that are configured to allow you to use a given browser (or browsers) by default. In Windows OS etc. and in most domestic situations all browsers are available by default - when the OS is first installed; and this applies for its associate browser when the OS installed and configured. If/when you install any other browser(s) you "may" be able to allow it for only "you" or all users... (user profile/permissions etc. - a user's profile can be tweaked/set to allow or disallow the use of a given utility, app etc. - including a browser via an Admin login). Control of browsers etc. is done frequently in corporate (domain type) networked systems for a variety of reasons (security especially). Such "control" can permit local in-house browsing - but nothing on-line...This applies to any networked Windows and Mac/Linux/Unix systems; and in a typical domestic p-2-p network it's no different. An Admin login can set what a non-Admin user/login can and cannot do...
On Smart phones - you're on a network...; be it via Android or whatever system. Your phone is configured when you set it up with "your" personal profile - when you first get the phone - to allow you to use the network via "your" personal profile (as set by the network's admin and policies); and by default the associated browser for the phone's OS is configured for use - no restrictions and no further password required. I'm surmising that if you had access to the phone network's servers and their SAM or equivalent data base, you might find the whole list of what you're able (allowed) to use when the phone is logged in to that network - using (in this case) "your" profile (account details). Much as one would with any standard Windows, Mac,Linux, Unix system of networking.
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