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Experts Say Passwords Not Safe in Chrome

After first being discussed by software developer/blogger, Elliott Kember, Tuesday, a number of other technology experts have confirmed that Goggle Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)’s Chrome Web browser has a security flaw that allows anyone with access to your computer to see your passwords stored in Chrome.

Once someone is past the main password on the device, one only has to go into settings and clicking on the “show” button under passwords.

PC Magazine reported that some other browsers, like Mozilla’s Firefox have a similar vulnerability, while Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)’s Safari browser requires users to enter an additional password in order to access the password file.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)’s Internet Explorer doesn’t provide direct access to passwords but, as PC Magazine pointed out, plenty of third party utilities are available that allow access to the registry where the passwords are stored.

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Google dismissed the charges, according to Apple Insider, saying, “Boundaries within the OS user account [to protect passwords even when a user is logged in] just aren’t reliable, and are mostly just theater.”

To provide maximum password security, PC Magazine recommends installing a password manager, importing all stored passwords, deleting them from the browser, and then turning off password saving on the browser side.

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Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the company mentioned.

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