A recent blog article written by software developer Elliot Kember revealed that Google’s approach to storing web passwords was using a plain text file that doesn’t require a master password before displaying your saved passwords. Weak! Bottom-line, the Chrome web browser can reveal saved passwords to anyone with access to your computer.
For now, if you’re using the Chrome browser, consider disabling or just not using the “save password” option.
- Click the Chrome menu in the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings in the left column.
- Click the Show advanced settings link at the bottom of the Setting page.
- In the “Passwords and forms” section, un-check “Offer to save passwords I enter on the web.”
You may want to delete passwords already stored within Chrome.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Click Manage saved passwords in the “Passwords and forms” section to see a list of all the usernames and passwords that have been saved.
You can also use the Clear Browsing Data checkbox to remove all password records saved during a specific time period.