Chrome, Firefox expose passwords in plain text, IE9 does not!

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  1. PJC

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  2. Hungry Man

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    Firefox offers a master password, which will not allow anyone to see the other passwords unless they know the MP.
     
  3. funkydude

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    Good for IE9 users, but it's probably the same for previous IE versions.
     
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    What about Chrome?
     
  5. xxJackxx

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    There are password recovery utilities that make all of this not matter anyway because they are still too easy to pull out of any browser. What's the old saying? "If someone else has physical access to your computer, it isn't your computer anymore." :ouch:
     
  6. vasa1

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    Hmmm.... I'd have more things to worry about then.
     
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    Pretty crazy. However I do not store passwords in any of the browsers I use.
     
  8. vasa1

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    I just looked at my Chrome. I couldn't find how to view passwords in plain text. Can anyone point out how to do this?
     
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    Beyond Windows itself, nothing on our PC is under attack anymore than the browsers we use. Therefore, it seems to me that the absolutely riskiest place to store passwords is in a browser (both from a physical and cyber access point of view.) I have never done it and use every chance I get to warn people against it!
     
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    True. But I'd still like to know how to see my passwords in plain text in Chrome as claimed by the OP's link. If it is not possible (and I think it is not possible), then I will report this thread as propaganda and request that it be deleted entirely.
     
  11. Robin A.

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    It seems to me obvious that passwords must not be stored in a browser, any of them.
     
  12. Hungry Man

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    Vasa1, you can go view all of your passwords Wrench-> Options -> Personal Settings -> Manage Passwords.

    Chromium devs refuse to add a master password to it under the pretense that it "is too easily bypassable." It's pretty ridiculous.
     
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    The first thing i do when installing Chromium, set the option never offer to save passwords :ninja:
     
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    Thanks, I finally saw that! And now that you mention it, I remember posts about that over in the Chrome Help Forum. I agree that if something could easily be done, it should. Not doing so needlessly opens doors.
     
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    On the other hand, if you keep forgetting passwords, like I do, it's not necessarily a bad thing. ;)
     
  16. Hungry Man

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    I always store my passwords in the browser.
     
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    It's the most convenient way for most sites. How vulnerable do you reckon passwords are stored in a browser?
     
  18. Hungry Man

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    That's hard to say. A malicious extension could access them if the user allows it to.
     
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    Yeah, that makes sense. I suppose it all boils down to how much you trust your extensions. As a rule I only tend to download extensions that are well established & used by many people. I'm pretty OK with most Mozilla extensions, however, I worry a bit about Chrome extensions/add-ons.
     
  20. Hungry Man

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    None of my extensions deal with passwords so I'm not worried about that.
     
  21. vasa1

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    I don't store the "financial" ones.
     
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    Yeah, you should be OK I reckon.

    *Hmmmm .... wonders about the Yahoo! Mail Notifier I just installed ... *
     
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    I always found it disturbing that when you install Firefox it offers to import favorites and PASSWORDS and does so just by checking the option. If it is that easy for them to import your passwords how hard it it for any program to get them without asking? Yes, you would probably have to give said program elevated access to do so, but how many average users will just ok anything that asks?
     
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    Come to think of it IE Tab + (FF 8+, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.6, 3.5, SeaMonkey) can sync cookies.
     
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