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Browser Built-in Password Managers – Are Secure Enough?

To remember all your account’s passwords is a difficult task for every user, so we use the browser’s built-in password manager for our ease. With the help of this manager, you have the ability to keep track of the passwords. But these Browser Built-in Password Managers are Secure Enough?

So we have to go through with some safety measures to check the security of the following browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

A secure browser must have the following features:

  • Passwords must be store in an encrypted form.
  • User can access the browser’s built-in password vault only with a master password.
  • User must be able to delete passwords from the password manager vault.

Browser Built-in Password Managers

Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge none of them offer a feature of the master password. So you are at serious risk if you are using any of them. If someone has access to your machine, they can get all your credentials and logins. But this is not the only risk you are taking; password-stealing malware also a more prevalent risk.

The only browser that passes all minimum requirements for mandatory security features is a Mozilla Firefox. Firefox allows you to enable a master password via about:preferences#privacy and then find the section “Logins and Passwords”.

Before Firefox will give you access to your all stored passwords, you must provide a master password for every new Firefox session.

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Cloud-based Password Manager

Google recently introduced a feature called password manager that you can use instead of the browser’s built-in password vault. Google’s password manager stores your passwords in the cloud which will be only accessible when logged in with your Google Account.

If you are using Google’s password manager you should really look into more security checks to your Google account. If someone has access to your account they can easily get all your passwords stored in the password manager. You must use multi-factor authentication and a stronger password for your account’s security.

OTHER IMPORTANT FEATURES OF A PASSWORD MANAGER

A secure password manager must help you to create unique passwords.

Third-party password managers have tools to generate random passwords, like 1Password, but built-in password managers do not provide this feature. Google provides this feature but only when you enable the sync feature.

An integrated password manager is another useful feature that detects weak passwords and suggests a stronger one. This is already available in Google’s password manager.

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Conclusion

So we have concluded that the security of the browser built-in password managers is not secure enough. But at the moment Firefox is the far more secure built-in password manager of the discussed browsers. If you want to use a cloud-based password manager you can go with Google’s (cloud-based) password. But any of them still can’t compete with the most third-party password managers. Third-party password managers are more secure than the browser built-in password managers because they provide more security and integration features than browser built-in password managers.

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