“Would you like this to save your password?”

                        

As the consumer we take a look at our everyday electronics and just want things to be easier, more streamlined, so that we are more efficient and proactive in our daily work. Things like a set list of programs that launch when you log into your computer and playlists in on iTunes make things a lot more easier and we allow our computers to do the work for us at that point.

Another thing to make our lives easier would be the ability store and keychain passwords for sites on your favorite web browsers like FireFox or Googles own browser “Chrome.” Quite often you may find yourself logging into something like Facebook and Chrome will ask if you want to save this password so you can save yourself 10 seconds of typing a username and password the next time you log in. This makes things so much simpler, because it’ll aid when you have multiple passwords to deal with or when logging into multiples emails and checking several bank accounts online. This is bad! We as the users have compromised security with the hopes of saving a couple of seconds. The point of a password to lock down information. There are programs that allow a user to see the passwords keychained in their browser from their own computer which in a sense would be beneficial if a user relied on the browser so much they even forgot their own password.

Lets take a look at this from a more critical standpoint. Let’s say a corporate big wig steps away from their computer for a couple minutes to use the “restroom” and they have their favorite web browser store all their passwords for them. A hacker can easily get on the computer, and see those store passwords and the websites associated with them. This is a huge issue, because for those as well who have a habit of having similar passwords for multiple log ins, future passwords can also be cracked. Sure this may not be scenario that doesn’t apply to everyone, but can definitely apply to anyone that checks their bank statements online or even can have their reputation torn into shreds because a hacker stole their Facebook password. We need to be careful when letting our machines do everything for us.

Links:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=782b537929dad8b4&hl=en

http://www.howtogeek.com/70146/how-secure-are-your-saved-chrome-browser-passwords/

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2 thoughts on ““Would you like this to save your password?”

  1. I think this is a very strong testament to how American/Western society operates on a daily basis. We are so concerned with efficiency and making the most of each minute that we forget that sometimes an additional few minutes of work may be necessary. In this particular situation, we save passwords because we are too lazy to log on every time we use a specific site. While this may be beneficial for time, saving us a few seconds, it compromises the security of our computers and potentially other computers as well.

  2. You make an interesting point, but I personally don’t mind. I hate having to log in to a site every time I load it up, saving passwords is so convenient. I don’t believe someone can simply open the keychain and view the passwords, at least not from what I’ve seen. If someone has taken the effort to hack me over a network or internet, there are other ways they can get my passwords if I choose not to store them, so why not spring for the convenience?

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