Beware before you select “remember password” for any site

You must have seen this warning on many sites that you shouldn’t select “remember password” on a shared computer. Do you know exactly why they ask you to do that ?  I would like to talk about one good reason why you should not be doing that.

Lets see how its dangerous in firefox when you select “Remember password” for any site.

Remember password

When you click on “Remember” in the above image, anybody can see your username and password(in clear text) on your computer. If you want to confirm it , try this in Firefox . Click on tools->options . Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Show Password” in the pop up window that appears. Show Passwords

You (and others who have access to your computer) will be able to see all the usernames along with passwords for all the sites where you selected “Remember password”. So if its your own computer, you can set the master password so that others cant see the stored usernames and passwords. If you are using someone else computer then don’t choose the option of “Remember password”. On other browsers when you select “Remember password” ,your passwords usually get saved in cookies.

Have safe and secure surfing :)

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25 Responses to Beware before you select “remember password” for any site

  1. Rajeev Gandhi says:

    Why dont we have more of the philosophical stuff these days on your blog? its all geeky and “enterprener” stuff lately. Your TRP is going down in my book :) i want to read more on the circles of happiness etc :)


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  2. shweta Gupta says:

    Sure, will be writing some philosophical stuff too :)

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    Pralhad Giri reply on November 1st, 2008 10:19 am:

    Thank you for this information.

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  3. kamal says:

    firefox is supposed to be better browser than IE, has firefox developers planted this inherent security lapse on purpose.

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  4. shweta Gupta says:

    Firefox is any day better than IE. I am not sure if firefox guys are doing this on purpose.

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  5. Amit says:

    firefox is supposed to be better browser than IE, has firefox developers planted this inherent security lapse on purpose.

    the operative phrase being “supposed to be”!! ;)

    as for me, whenever I logon to a shared computer, the first thing that I do is check if the “save password” option is disabled in the browser or not. if its not then I disable it before using the browser. usually nowadays I carry my usb stick with a portable version of firefox so I don’t have to use the one installed on the host computer! ;)

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  6. Renie says:

    Shweta, thanks very much for signing up with IndiBlogger. You’ve got a nice blog going here, that post on Xeeber was a real eye-opener! :-)

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  7. Luke Wanderer says:

    But you have an option to set a Master Password. Once set you’ll need that to view your saved passwords. I’m sure you didn’t miss that on purpose.

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  8. shweta Gupta says:

    Luke wanderer,

    I have mentioned about setting master password in the post. Looks like you missed reading it :)

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  9. blogkut says:

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  10. sajithkumar says:

    Excellent Article. I still can,t understand why they have to show the passwords

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  11. nishu says:

    you can set a master password in firefox so that no one else will be able to see the passwords listed .

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  12. simmi says:

    hiii… thanxx shweta for this information.. i didn’t know about this.. keep writing!

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  13. Hi. I liked your blog very much. Very informative. I never knew so much about firefox. Though I knew what that remember password message was for, didn’t knew the details you’ve given here.

    I am enjoying reading your posts.

    All the best.

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  14. yedy says:

    people crack major software (engineering and others) which sells at thousands of dollars , one such website is search engine for all these stuff, wonder how these complex softwares are cracked and made avialble to public free of cost, when people can crack into 32bit and 64bit encryptions , to crack email accounts must be damn easy for these people if they really bother to do so no matter firefox, opera or IE

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  15. Anomalizer says:

    Or you can be really old skool like me and never save passwords :-)

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  16. Ekaant says:

    THis informtion is reallly useful. I am glad i know about it now

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  17. DeeJay says:

    It’s good to know this.
    However… I’m safe. ;)

    Greetings from Macedonia!

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  18. music says:

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

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  19. usha says:

    By mistake i kept remeber password.How can clear that.An e-mail id is appearing when ever first letter is eneterd and automatically password is coming.How can i remove this.

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  20. grbdatta says:

    cool trick…………!!!!!

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  21. abhishek says:

    mast hai bidu….

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  22. Hi,
    Your blog gives very useful information.Nice work.Keep it up…

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