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Why you should never let Chrome store your passwords

Published Aug 7th, 2013 12:35PM EDT
Google Chrome Password Security

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Remembering passwords for multiple websites is incredibly annoying but it still might not be a good idea to let Google’s Chrome browser remember them for you. Software developer Elliott Kember notes that it’s incredibly easy for anyone to see the passwords you’ve stored on Chrome as long as they’re using a computer where you’ve logged into the browser. Basically, all a person has to do is go to Chrome’s settings, find your list of stored passwords and click “show” on each one to display your password right on the screen.

Kember calls this approach “insane” and says that more people need to be aware of how much data they’re potentially exposing when they sign into Chrome.

“Today, go up to somebody non-technical,” he writes. “Ask to borrow their computer. Visit chrome://settings/passwords and click ‘show’ on a few of the rows. See what they have to say. I bet you it won’t be ‘That’s how password management works.'”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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