Beware! Do not save your passwords on phone browsers; DELETE from Google Chrome, Firefox

    Should you save passwords on phone browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox? Here’s the answer.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:08 IST
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    Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other phone browsers allow you to save your passwords. But it is risky. (Unsplash)
    Phone
    Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other phone browsers allow you to save your passwords. But it is risky. (Unsplash)

    The number of online accounts for everyone is increasing virtually by leaps and bounds as our lives increasingly move online. That means so many more passwords to track and remember. It becomes a difficult task to remember each and every password for all the accounts from your Gmail, social media to bank account logins. And what usually happens is that you end up saving your passwords online on web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Undoubtedly, it is one of the coolest ways to make your work done quickly as it saves you the hassle of having to login and type in passwords repeatedly. But, it is not a good idea. In fact, it is actually a bad idea. So, is it safe to save your passwords on phone, laptop browsers? Surely, there must be a number of doubts by now in your mind.

    But actually, the answer to all of them is just one - ‘It keeps the security in one place. In simpler terms, keeping your passwords save online means the security of all the accounts are linked together at one place which is your 'web browser'. And, if you choose the sync option then that means all those logins will be available on all of your devices - phones, laptops, desktops, Tabs etc. This means they're stored in the cloud, and even though they are encrypted, if someone hacks into your account, they'll have access to not just one or two, but all of your passwords.

    What you should do

    • You should remove all the saved passwords such as Facebook, Outlook, Gmail, and most importantly your bank account passwords from Google's Saved password manager.
    • To remove the passwords online just type "Google Password Manager" on Google and it will redirect you to the website, where you can access the list of all the saved passwords. When you click on a saved password website, it will ask you to enter the Gmail password. Once you do so, it will give you the option to delete the password.
    • Always enable a two-step verification system, whenever you can and follow all the security rules. This will make it difficult for a hacker to access your system.
    • You can choose to add the recovery information option too, which will make the password enabled to you only when you will answer the set question.
    • Though, you can save the passwords for those accounts which don't hold such personal information.
    • Ensure your passwords are strong and unique. Weak passwords are more prone to get attacked by hackers.
    • We understand it's not that easy to just get rid of all your saved passwords. But even if you save your passwords in your web browser, just make sure you are regularly updating all of your passwords regularly.

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    First Published Date: 19 Feb, 15:09 IST
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