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Your passwords are safe, right?

Password in danger

You might actually be sharing your passwords without realizing it. If you set your Firefox or Chrome browser to “Remember my password” for the websites you visit, those passwords are easily accessed by anyone using your computer. And, therefore, easily hacked with a few simple clicks.

To protect your personal accounts, like your bank or medical accounts, make sure you remove your saved passwords (Chrome instructions, Firefox instructions), and stop saving your passwords. To view your saved Chrome or Firefox passwords, follow these instructions.

If you do not use Firefox or Chrome, you still shouldn’t ask your browser to remember your passwords.

  • For Safari users, an administrator password can be entered to view the passwords in clear text. Learn more.
  • While Internet Explorer doesn’t display your saved passwords in clear text, free tools can be used to view them. Learn more.

To further protect you and your accounts:

  • Use separate passwords for banking, clinical activities, personal email accounts, social networking sites, etc.
  • Use 2-factor authentication for sites that offer it (e.g., Gmail, Twitter)
  • If you have trouble remembering multiple passwords, consider using a secure password manager such as 1Password
  • Do not ever “synchronize” a browser profile (e.g., Firefox or Chrome) to a computer that is not your own.