Contact us today!

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

Is It Safe to Have Your Browser Remember Your Passwords?

Is It Safe to Have Your Browser Remember Your Passwords?

Let’s be honest - not all of us have the best memories. This makes the ability for many browsers to remember our passwords seem like a godsend. However, is this capability actually a good thing for your cybersecurity? The answer may not surprise you.

While yes, the fact that we no longer have to remember each different password for our online accounts may seem ideal, relying on the browser to remember them for us presents a few issues. Each of these browsers leaves some kind of opening for a hacker to review a user’s list of passwords.

Google Chrome - When a user is logged into their Google account, Chrome will automatically save any passwords that user inputs. If a hacker was then able to gain access to that Google account, the entire list of passwords would be available to them.

Mozilla Firefox - Utilizing low-level encryption, Firefox hides a user’s passwords, utilizing a single master password as the encryption key. However, because this encryption has such a low level, a brute force attack can break it. Plus, if someone is in possession of the device itself, they can access the passwords without having to log in.

Safari - Just as is the case with Firefox, Safari stores all passwords in the browser’s settings, where they can be accessed without a login required.

Internet Explorer - When Internet Explorer saves passwords, all it takes to expose them is a readily available tool.

Microsoft Edge - Edge has had some security issues, such as a flaw that enabled hackers to read files that were browser-compatible (like the notepad files that some might keep a list of passwords in). In addition, some third-party password managers, like Edge Password Manager, have failed to require password authentication in the past.

Of course, there are other threats to your password security as well. For instance, a bug that dates back 11 years was discovered early this year that allowed website credentials to be stolen. A secondary form was hidden behind the login form, stealing usernames (which were often just the user’s email) and passwords without the user having any idea.

What Can Be Done?
Your first step should be to disable your preferred browser’s built-in password manager.

Google Chrome - Under the toolbar, select Chrome Menu, and from there, Settings. Scroll down until you can select Advanced, and from there, select Manage passwords (found under Passwords and forms). Finally, switch Auto Sign-in to off.

Mozilla Firefox - In the toolbar’s Firefox Menu, access Options. On the left, access Privacy & Security, and find Forms & Passwords. Find the Remember logins and passwords for websites option and deselect it.

Safari - Select Safari Menu from the toolbar, and then select Preferences and Autofill. Then you’ll need to deselect Using info from my Address Book card, Usernames and passwords, and Other forms.

Internet Explorer - First, you need to reconsider utilizing Internet Explorer, assuming your organization gives you a choice in the matter. If you must, you will want to access the toolbar’s Internet Explorer Menu and select Internet Options. From there, click into Content, and select Settings (found under AutoComplete). Deselect both Forms and Searches and User names and passwords on forms. Finally, save your changes by clicking OK.

Microsoft Edge - Again, from the toolbar, select Edge Menu and from there, Settings. Scroll down to find View advanced settings. Under Privacy and services, deactivate Offer to save passwords, and under Manage passwords, deactivate Save from entries.

We understand, remembering all of your different passwords can be a real pain, but relying on your browser to remember them just isn’t a good option. There are, however, services like LastPass that can store your passwords much more safely behind much more powerful encryption. While these solutions aren’t infallible either, they are a much better choice than entrusting your browser.

For more help managing your business IT and its security, give Network Solutions Unlimited a call at 217-428-6449.

Getting to Know Technology: Breadcrumbs
Here Is a List of this Year’s Most Devastating Hac...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, December 12 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

Settings Meetings Miscellaneous NFL Access Control Risk Management Sync How to Government Tech Term Accessory Encryption Data Management eWaste Commerce Hackers Automobile Connectivity Bandwidth WPA3 Operating System Consultant Training Small Business Value Video Games Experience Search Users Business Technology Loyalty Bring Your Own Device Hardware Alexa for Business Shortcut Retail Gamification Touchscreen Remote Computing Workplace Tips Communication Chrome Browser Files Tech Support Rootkit Evernote Marketing How To IT solutions Managed IT Service Mobile Device Management Backup Monitoring Going Green Wasting Time Computing Infrastructure Twitter intranet Employer-Employee Relationship Virtual Assistant Sports User Tips Mobile Best Practice Data Backup Productivity Scalability Google Docs Business Computing Quick Tips Adobe Data Loss Solid State Drive Application Router HaaS Humor Google Drive Cybersecurity WIndows Server 2008 Network Mobile Device Financial Technology Testing Computing Business Workers Maintenance Spam Blocking Admin Office The Internet of Things Hybrid Cloud Licensing Upgrades Microsoft Word Security Wireless Internet Hacking Data Protection OneNote Nanotechnology Cleaning Bluetooth Websites Gadgets Vendor Personal Information Excel Content Filter Gmail IT Service Email Wasting Money Antivirus Robot Productivity Data Storage Streaming Media Display Co-Managed Services Congratulations PowerPoint Outsourced IT Managed Service Provider Employer Employee Relationship Update Patch Management Books Recovery Hosted Solution Cloud Computing Employee-Employer Relationship Payroll Tip of the Week Charger IT budget Tablets Troubleshooting Server Entertainment Sales Devices Two Factor Authentication End of Support Touchpad Data Security BDR Printers Black Market IT Support SaaS Firewall hacker Best Practices Google Assistant Cast Utility Computing Passwords Managed IT Services Politics Innovation Managed Service File Sharing Proactive Transportation Safety Collaboration Microsoft Proactive IT App Applications Gifts Comparison Downtime Content Filtering Facebook Remote Monitoring Managed IT User Error Audit Administration Word Data Physical Security Dark Web Samsung Credit Cards Data Privacy Mobile Devices Vendor Management Apps Hard Drive Specifications Projects Data Theft Business Owner Wireless Internet Exlporer Screen Mirroring Keyboard IT Management Updates Business Management Public Cloud Save Money Managed IT Services Internet of Things Students IT Solutions App store Hard Drives Legal Content WiFi Office Tips Printing Automation Alert Managing Stress Education Efficiency Smart Technology Device Security Benefits Financial Relocation Microsoft Excel Colocation Hiring/Firing Information Technology Fraud Saving Money PDF Data storage Mobility Windows 7 Phishing Cache Google Maps SMB Holiday Computer Forensics Conferencing Money Save Time HIPAA Unsupported Software Communications Windows 10 Wireless Technology IoT Ransomware Computer Care Virus Private Cloud Lifestyle Techology File Storage Advertising Apple Business Continuity Human Resources Office 365 Cybercrime Microsoft Office Hyperlink Smartphones Chromebook Peripheral Disaster Recovery HBO Law Enforcement Networking Hard Disk Drive Instant Messaging Windows 10 Internet exploMicrosoft Cloud Unified Communications Compliance Flexibility Television Avoiding Downtime Google Management Telephone Systems Privacy Big Data Outlook Identity Theft Phone System Password Chromecast Customer Network Security WannaCry Identity Regulation Health Shadow IT Windows 10s Monitors Emergency Work/Life Balance Computer Fan iOS Mobile Security Computers Storage Assessment Data Recovery Social Engineering Camera Telephone USB Saving Time History MSP Software as a Service Ciminal Computer Redundancy Remote Workers Spam Emails CrashOverride Keyboard Shortcuts Technology Electronic Medical Records Edge Scam Amazon FAQ Social Media Monitor Project Management Augmented Reality Professional Services Information Budget Legislation Data Breach Two-factor Authentication Vulnerability IT Support Webinar Worker Business Intelligence Audiobook IT Services Spyware Public Computer Memory Battery Language Thank You Identities VoIP Unified Threat Management Root Cause Analysis Hosted Solutions BYOD Reputation Windows Worker Commute Smart Tech Upgrade Analysis Wireless Charging Internet Android Laptop Malware VPN Travel Cost Management Computer Accessories Virtual Reality Blockchain Smartphone iPhone Windows Ink Virtualization Company Culture Artificial Intelligence Cortana Wi-Fi Document Management Software