Can malware steal your browser passwords?

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I am trying to find out if Malware can harvest your passwords from your browser, specifically Chrome (but IE and Firefox also). If it can, does it pull the password in plaintext or is it encrypted?

I know Chrome used to store passwords in plaintext but I am having difficulty finding out if they still do.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi,

This blog post was recommended on “Scheiner on Security” and someone has done some really good research on this subject.

http://raidersec.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-browsers-store-your-passwords-and.html?m=1

  • David L
    Hi again,and sorry about the dated info I put up previously. I didn’t realise until I reviewed it and saw it was two years old,my bad. There have been improvements to how Google and Firefox store and secure browser passwords because they did a really crummy job before. They,your passwords) may still be vulnerable,but less so these days. A really good password manager that is dedicated software for storing and securing passwords is still probably the best solution. But Google has increased security and improved management of chromes password storage. See this Google help link :https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95606?hl=en And this for Firefox,which is similar to Chrome’s way: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/where-are-my-logins-stored Other well known browsers have likely improved also,but not sure. But at least they stopped storing passwords in plain text and now need a master password to access and manage them. Google does that a couple of ways,and by default of your Google account password. Firefox you need to set up a master pass code. And I don’t think they have two step verification like Google offers,and I highly recommend using two step where and when ever offered for all such accounts. There,I feel better that I have corrected myself (-:
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