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Caution passwords stored in Firefox

Caution passwords stored in Firefox


A general warning for Firefox users: saved passwords are not secure if you don’t create a master password. If you use Firefox and want to see for yourself, go to Firefox Preferences, visit the Security tab, and click the Show Passwords button. It will display all your passwords in plain text for anyone looking.

You can enable a password to protect this (check the ‘Use master password’ box, then enter a password), and you will then have to use the password once per session to open all other stored passwords. It affects both Mac and PC versions of Firefox.

Why this matters: If you take your Mac in for repairs, someone working there can see all your passwords by simply launching your browser. Your password could be your identification document number in some places, such as banks or mortgage loans. Ergo, your financial information would be available to anyone who wants it.

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Source: MacOSXHints