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Are saved passwords in my browsers secure from Sypware and Malware?

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abbeywackrow

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I have seen in the settings there is no restriction in terms of access to stored passwords if you have access to the desktop, you will get to see all the saved passwords. What are the chances stored in browsers they are still safe from hackers and not get compromised.


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Gary R

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For Firefox ...

 

https://support.mozi...-your-passwords
 

 

Even though the Password Manager stores your usernames and passwords on your hard drive in an encrypted format, someone with access to your computer can still see or use them.

So Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords ... https://support.mozi...t-stored-logins

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Thanks Gary for the reply, so its safe to say passwords stored in browsers are at risk. but i can still work on password security like these steps..


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Yes, basically if someone has actual physical access to your machine, so in other words is sat in front of your computer, and can therefore open your Firefox browser and open "Options > Privacy & Security > Saved logins > Show Passwords" then they will be able to see the passwords you have stored on that browser.

 

However, if you have "Browser Privacy" set to "Use a master password", then even if they have physical access, they will be unable to access your passwords (or change the privacy setting that allows access to them) until they have input the required master password.

 

Of course if others aren't actually able to physically access your computer, then generally speaking you usually don't need to set a master password.

 

As far as what you need to do to make sure your master password is a strong one, well length is usually the main determinant as to whether a password is secure or not. The longer it is, the longer it takes to break. The advise on the page you linked to looks fairly good on what other things you might consider when you're creating passwords.


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