Google Chrome has taken over from Firefox as the primary web browser for me and I believe so, that’s the case for many of you as well. As any normal user would do, even I have a habit of “Remembering Passwords” on some of the frequently used websites. Though I make it a point not to save passwords for highly private services like email, the “Remember Password” option is too catchy and useful to completely disable it. Well, if you are someone who saves passwords on Chrome, you are in for a shock.
The below infographic will tell you why it is time to panic
So, all you need to do to take a peek at your passwords is to click on settings icon, going to Options and then to Personal Stuff and then click on Manage save passwords. It is true that the web browser is as personal as anything else on a personal computer and you must be given an option to edit your saved passwords, but seriously, the manner in which it is handled is way too dumb, not even a Master Password option? Really?
Update: For those who are wondering about Firefox having similar options, the thing is you get to choose a Master Password unlike in Chrome.
Update 2: There is an easier way to access the stored passwords. Just go to the address bar and type chrome://chrome/settings/passwords!
While we agree that this situation would be terrible, we believe that a master password would not sufficiently protect you from danger. Someone with physical access to your computer could install a keylogger to steal your passwords or go to the sites where your passwords are stored and get them from the automatically filled-in password fields. A master password required to show saved passwords would not prevent these outcomes.
Currently, the best method for protecting your saved passwords is to lock your computer whenever you step away from it, even for a short period of time. We encrypt your saved passwords on your hard disk. To access these passwords, someone would either need to log in as you or circumvent the encryption.
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