Should I save passwords in my internet browser?

Is the convenience worth the potential risk?

Is saving passwords in browser safe

Allowing your internet browser to remember your passwords for you can be convenient and save a lot of time, but is it safe?

Most modern browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari (and their mobile or tablet equivalents), will offer to save passwords for you when you log in to websites. It’s a simple little feature that can save a lot of time and prevent you from getting passwords mixed up between browsers.

However, like many modern conveniences it comes with a few risks. Usually, if these passwords are being saved and accessed frequently, they’re not protected very securely on your device. This means that anyone who has access to your device will be able to log in to all of your accounts or in some situations simply view all of your passwords or even credit card details.

Another risk is that you can simply come to forget your passwords once you become used to this feature. This could cause a bit of trouble if you were to lose your device.

How to view your saved passwords

Try viewing your saved passwords to see just how easy it would be for someone to access your information. Think about what they would need to do to reach this step; does your device have a password? Do you often leave it unlocked?

Google Chrome
On PC and Mac, open up Chrome and click the three dots icon at the top right hand corner, then click ‘Settings’.  Scroll down and click ‘Show advanced settings…’, then look for ‘Passwords and forms’ and click the ‘Manage passwords’ link underneath. All of your saved passwords will be displayed here. They will be shown as asterisks but if you click on one, a ‘Show’ button will appear which will display your password. Depending on your PC’s settings, you may or may not need to enter a password to view them.

If you’re using an iPhone or Android, open up Chrome and tap the three dots icon at the top right hand corner, then tap ‘Settings’.  Now tap the ‘Save Passwords’ option.

iPhone and iPad
Open the Settings app on your device and then tap Safari. Under the General heading, tap Passwords. On some devices, you may find the option is called Passwords and Autofill, or simply Autofill. 

Mozilla Firefox
Launch Firefox, then open ‘Preferences’ and click on the ‘Security’ tab, then click the ‘Saved Logins…’ button.

You will be able to view all of your saved passwords here, and if you return to the previous screen you will find options to add a ‘Master Password’ to secure them.

Microsoft Edge
Open up Edge and click the menu button at the top right (icon with three dots), then click ‘Settings’. Next click the ‘Advanced settings’ button and click ‘Manage my saved passwords’.

What Now?

How difficult was it for you to access your personal data? Are you concerned that someone could access your passwords without your permission?

Using a password manager can provide you with a more secure option and customisable features such as syncing across devices.

Or, if you simply change internet browsers you might find that your data is better protected.



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    27th Apr 2017
    It is a conundrum. I have often deliberated over this one.
    There is a school of thought that your computer's username and password is the best security. Google can protect your password better than you and yet I would never trust them with any financial transaction site password.
    It was pointed out to me that keystroke loggers are quite common so a saved password can actually be safer than you typing the password each time.
    Physical theft is of course the highest risk to a lot of us. Having my external hard drive stolen cost me years of work and I was concerned about its contents - so annoying. However the house breaker is usually a common not so smart thief. The one who taps into your cloud data is extremely organised and very capable of stealing your life.
    There is NO security on the Internet.
    Apple iPad's are possibly the worst. Remembering if you forget a password it is sent to your email. On the iPad the email is always open. Unless you make the effort to make your iPad sign something better than a 4 digit number it is so insecure. Nothing like having the iPad linked to an overhead projector and the audience observe each digit as you type in the password. Crazy!
    28th Apr 2017
    (1) Please take the time to re-enter your details each time on the web.
    Do NOT press the save all my details and password boxes.
    (2) Get Kaspersky: The rest of virus checkers are sort of OK and maybe even free but these freebies do SELL your all very private details to outsiders for advertising scams or worse

    To repeat the earlier post there is no security on the Internet.

    I never use credit cards if PayPal is available and I never tick the remember me and/or my accounts or passwords boxes. Convenient perhaps but at very high risk to get rolled!

    If you allow unknown parties to get your credit card details then you are in deep trouble.

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