Saving passwords in Firefox

March 16th, 2007

It was pointed out to me yesterday, by Andrew Rush (Instructional Technology Specialist at UMW) that Firefox has an alarming feature in that with just a few clicks all saved passwords for the browser will be displayed in plain text. The good news is that the passwords are not stored in the clear on the hard drive and there are ways to greatly reduce the chances of someone else seeing this information.

Patrick Crispen has done an analysis and I agree with his opinions on this matter.

In short, it would be worthwhile for those who use stored credentials to use the Master Password feature. In addition, everyone should really have a password protected screen saver on one’s personal computer account.



March 16th, 2007

Hello. This blog will be primarily for IT Security related issues that students, faculty and staff may encounter at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and Stafford Virginia. Others are welcome as well as most of the items posted will be applicable to all computer users.

Thanks for stopping by.
Clay Calvert