Cyber Security Tip: Don’t Use Your Browser to Store Passwords

It’s tempting to allow your browser to store your passwords when prompted – it’s convenient and you don’t think twice about it. But what could possibly go wrong? Here are two reasons why this isn’t normally a good idea.

Universal Access

If someone gains access to your computer, either physically or through a cyber attack, they instantly have access to all of your account logins by default. This is one of the first places attackers look because of how typical it is for users to store passwords in this way. These passwords are not usually encrypted either, so taking a copy isn’t all that difficult once they have access to your machine.

Browsers Are Not Secure

Browsers like Chrome are not highly secure applications. There are numerous applications and websites that can strip your passwords from your browser without you knowing about it. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated, it becomes harder for the normal every day user to keep track of the various threats you are exposed to at work and home.

How to Secure Passwords the Right Way

A professional-grade password manager should be the backbone of your password management strategy. These password keepers maintain various passwords for your different services, so a breach in one single place is unlikely to allow you to be vulnerable somewhere else. Additionally, they are encrypted on both ends – the provider and your personal computer. Providers such as Passport can provide you with professional tools to save and access your passwords across multiple devices.

Of course, this is usually just the first step in keeping yourself secure. If you have a business with employees working regularly online, we recommend you get a completely free risk assessment from Integrated Axis. It costs you nothing and there are no strings attached. We think it’s important for you to understand where your potential breaches might occur and our professionals can recommend steps to close any gaps in your security.