Firefox's Saved Passwords Security

How to Fix Firefox's Saved Passwords Security Problem

If you use Mozilla Firefox--and you should--I have something interesting to show you:

1. Launch Firefox.
2. Go to Tools > Options
3. Click on the "Privacy" padlock icon
4. In older versions of Firefox, click on the + sign next to the words "Saved Passwords." In newer versions of Firefox, just click on the "Passwords" tab.
5. Click on the "View Saved Passwords" button.
6. Click on the "Show Passwords" button.
7. When Firefox asks you if you'd really like to show your passwords, click on the "Yes" button.
8. Wail and gnash your teeth.

While it is common knowledge that Firefox can "remember login information for web pages so that you do not need to re-enter your login details every time you visit," most people don't know that Firefox stores your web passwords in PLAIN TEXT. [Well, Firefox does encrypt the passwords you ask it to remember, but anyone who has access to your computer can easily unencrypt these passwords by following those eight steps above.]

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