Every time you log in automatically on some web page, the browser does so by using a stored user name and password.
This post shows you how to access the stored passwords and advises you on best practices to improve your security.
Log out before you leave
It is very important that you never walk away from your computer without logging out first. Let’s look into how we can reveal the passwords stored in a web browser.
Fir this lesson, we assume that Google Chrome is running on a desktop PC or Mac.
Here are the steps
- Type this command into the Chrome web address bar:
- Read the list of stored passwords
- Click or touch the eye icon and enter the administrator password
How is this useful
In time, you will have your browser memorize hundreds of logins. If you don’t log in to a site for a long time, you might get asked for the password and instead of resetting it, you can simply look it up.
If you buy a new computer and want to access a website, you will also need your login credentials. Use the old machine and repeat the above steps to get the email address and password and you are all set. Don’t forget to accept when your browser prompts you to save the password.
The big picture
Every time you give someone access to information, you never know how it will be used. Although this is not really a hack, it is never the less important that you understand security on the simplest level. From here, you can build up your skills slowly and use your knowledge to keep your information safe.
In a future hack, we will learn how to encrypt your files and also look into network security.
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Thank you for reading. Play it safe!