Modern web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox offer the ability to save usernames and passwords, to your PC, to prevent having to retype your login details for all kinds of websites.
This feature can be very useful for individuals who have many passwords that are hard to remember. It provides the ability to store the username, email address, password and in some cases bank card details for many different websites
For example, you can set your web browser to remember your login details for your online magazine subscription that you access daily, so that you are not constantly retyping your username and password.
Saved passwords … Are they secure?
Of course, with all technology there are always security aspects to consider. Some browsers including Chrome and Firefox allow you to view your passwords via the web browser settings without any form of encryption protecting this information.
Although saving passwords reduces the hassle of having to remember and type your credentials each time you would like to log into a website, it can also be very dangerous if these passwords are accessed by unauthorised persons.
For instance, if you leave your machine unlocked, another person can view and steal your private passwords to the various websites you have saved credentials for. In addition some forms of malicious software may gain access to these passwords without your knowledge.
- Do not save passwords for websites with sensitive data such as, PayPal and shopping related websites that can reveal bank details.
- Use different passwords for different sites. If someone gets access to one password, the chances are they may have access to more websites and services than you think!
- Always lock your PC when away from your device.
- Ensure your Anti-virus product is up-to-date and performing regular scans.
- If you would like to save your credentials, it might be worth investing in a secure 3rd party tool that can store the credentials with strong encryption. Industry leading examples would be Roboform or Password Manager.
- Contact your IT Support Kent provider for more information regarding the security of your system.
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