Web browsers are used to access internet and password protected areas of websites. Web browsers and cookies are also used by hackers to steal your passwords without your permission. There are not only hackers but also malicious software, spywares and viruses that steal confidential information from web browsers. Few days back one of my colleagues received an email from an unknown person saying that his FaceBook password has been stolen and somebody has posted it online. He was pretty much amazed, because his PC was used by him only. He even use professional antivirus that secures PC in every way possible. On further inquiry, his social networking websites passwords had been stolen as well. When I checked his PC he was using Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and his passwords were stored in web browsers.
I asked him why he did that and he said that he use social networking websites daily and hate to type username and password again and again so its pretty much easy choice for anybody to store passwords in the web browser. The things is, you never know when your computer has been compromised, even when you have got the best antivirus installed in your PC. If any malicious software gets its way in PC it can spy on your activities and steal information from web browsers, cookies and/or system cache.
If you store passwords in Google Chrome web browser, even a standard PC user can see your stored passwords from Google Chrome. Open Google Chrome, go to Settings > Advanced > Passwords and Forms > Manage saved passwords. If user had been saving passwords while authenticating to password protected areas of different websites, all passwords, username and website addresses will be here.
The security tip here is; do not store your passwords in internet web browsers. Infact disable option of ‘offer to save your web passwords’ (in case of Google Chrome – same location as pointed above for Chrome) from web browsers. You can either have a password for all websites which should not be a weak password. Memorize it and do not share it or save it anywhere in computer or internet. Best choice is to use a good password manager. Its better to use password manager that uses data encryption to store information. Password encryption tool will encrypt all your passwords before storing them in its database. Password encryption is a good way of password security. If you have to remember username and password for a lot of websites, then all you need is a good password encryption software.
KeePass is a very good password manager that supports the advanced encryption standard to ensure maximum security for passwords. KeePass is portable and is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple MAC. You can also use KeePassX that is also free, portable and platform independent.