passwords recorded in Firefox : secure ?

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  1. puma_one

    puma_one Registered Member

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    Hello,

    You can easily store passwords into Firefox to connect fastly for exemple on forums...

    But what about the security of this system ?

    Is it possible to an hacker to go into your Firefox browser and stole the passwords ?

    And in such a case, is the general password a sufficient security mesure ?

    Thanks you for sharing your opinion.
     
  2. HAN

    HAN Registered Member

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    Passwords stored in browsers may be safe for the most part but they are under constant attack (the browsers) by malware writers. So IMO, that is NOT the best place to store passwords. Whenever I work on a person's PC, I always turn off passwords and form filling options and educate users as to why this is not a good thing. (Besides the web attacks, there are many readily available programs that people can use to crack browser passwords if they have physical access to the PC.)

    Password managers like KeePass and RoboForm are, IMO, much safer to use...
     
  3. puma_one

    puma_one Registered Member

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    Thank you for the answer.

    And what do you think about so called "virtual keyboard" like in KIS.

    If you do not use any program to record the password, you have to introduce them regularly in the computer.

    In this particular situation, theorically the computer seems to be more exposed to keyloggers. Does it seems correct ?
     
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    Using Secure Login here:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4429
     
  5. Creer

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    Browsers Password Managers do not enough secure level of protection, more information about it you can find on this site:
    http://www.info-svc.com/news/2008/12-12/

    I prefer and I use external password manager KeePass to store all my passwords in one place.
     
  6. HAN

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    Virtual keyboards, IMO, are a gigantic pain in the @$$! But it would probably be ok.

    As for keyloggers, IMO, they are much rarer than browser exploits. But they are certainly a risk. Again, if you use something like KeePass or RoboForm, you are much better off.
     
  7. puma_one

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    Thank you to everyone for all the information.
     
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