We don’t think you should. Why? Because having your web browser remember your passwords and/or credit card details can seem convenient, but it presents security risks. The risk depends on the browser you’re using, if you sync your computer with other devices, and whether or not you take the time to use the browser’s extra security features. We’ll tell you a better way to save your passwords online… and it’s more than just a password manager.
If you save your passwords in a browser, not only can others who have access to your computer log in and see your actual passwords or credit card details, but a thief can do the same if you lose your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
This same risk applies if you haven’t properly erased data from your PC when you dispose of it. The next person who uses it could recover your password information in your browser. Plus, some viruses and malware can even steal your saved passwords or credit card details from your browsers.
Yes…Because they deal with highly sensitive information banking sites won’t let you save your password in a browser. And, keep in mind that if you save a similar password in a browser, a hacker might be able to access it and figure out your banking password.
Some browsers let you view all of your saved login credentials, along with your username and password. You may think this is good if you forget your password, but it could let an intruder access them as well.
No… not really. Internet Explorer 9 helps to prevent casual snooping, but it doesn’t provide advanced security features to keep someone on your Windows account from using third-party utilities to access your passwords.
Google Chrome 21 lets anyone on your Windows account access your saved passwords and credit card information. And if you sync your browsing data across other computers and devices, be sure to encrypt your data and set up a custom passphrase for extra protection.
Firefox 14 will also allow anyone on your Windows account view your list of saved passwords. However, it does let you set a master password to encrypt and protect them.
We recommend using a tool like MyGlue password manager. MyGlue isn’t just another password manager; it goes far beyond the traditional features of most password managers — It also increases your efficiency and productivity.
MyGlue is a documentation system for your business. It’s built to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). MyGlue allows you to document your SOPs, passwords, vendor info, contacts, locations and equipment, all in one place–all accessible with a couple of clicks.
When your technology service provider sets up MyGlue for your business, you’ll have a trusted, secure, and efficient platform to manage not only your passwords but password processes. Fully secure, MyGlue is your business information hub.
So when you say you’re securing your information, how far are you going to actually do this? MyGlue has high-level security including SOC 2 compliance, role-based permissions, version history, two-factor authentication, and more. This means not only will your IT service company help you with insights into how you manage passwords, but you can have the confidence that your information is a lot more secure than it was on those sticky notes.
Your tech service provider can share key processes like updating firewalls and antivirus to reduce the risk that you’ll run into problems with routine tasks. These processes can also be easily updated if anything about your IT environment changes. Changes are reflected immediately for both you and your IT provider to see.
You can share information with your IT provider on a consistent basis and in an efficient way. List your employees alongside their permissions for various IT related things, and then give your tech service provider the authorization to view this information. Now they will know who the points of contact are alongside their authorization to deal with certain tasks. This reduces the time it would have otherwise taken for them to find this information.
When you use MyGlue, all of your team-based passwords can be accessed in one central location. Security wise, it’s a massive shift for your business. But it also has awesome perks like less shoulder-tapping between colleagues, and less password sharing on unsafe sticky notes.
Stop saving passwords in your browsers and on sticky notes. From the password vault to checklists, to the security features like audit trail, version history and SOC 2 compliance, MyGlue has everything you need to manage your passwords and process documentation.
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As a consultant to dental practices, I help my clients maximize what can be done with their technology to maximize production and profit.