We have all fallen into this trap, even those of us who should know better
We let IE / firefox / chrome remember a website password, because you are so tired of always entering the same password, sometimes many times per day.
But this is a big problem, particularly if you get infected, or someone gets access to your PC.
By default, anyone who can access your computer (including viruses), can view and use your password to gain access to your accounts… In todays environment, it would be a disaster for most of us.
However, at least Firefox has a way of making the passwords much more secure: a master password.
Under tools -> options -> security, just tick the box “Use a master password”, and then enter a password you are sure you can remember.
After that, every time you start firefox, you will be asked for the password. No password, no remembered passwords.
This won’t guarantee that a virus or intruder won’t get your website passwords, but it does make it much more difficult.
For those who don’t know, there is a new browser out there called google chrome.
What even fewer people realise, is that chrome is based on a browser called chromium.
I really like how chrome operates (but not the user interface, nor the lack of / difficulty in loading, useful plugins.
At first glance, both Chrome and Chromium look identical, except chrome has a small google logo on the top bar.
But dig a little deeper, and you notice a few minor differences:
- chromium has an extra “customize” menu: “new window in profile”. This seems to allow you to create different profiles (eg a “news” profile, with different browser settings)… although this gave me an error when I created a new profile. Yet the new profile got created & worked fine.
- chrome has a lengthy google “terms of service”, which concerns some people.
- Chrome is currently at version 188.8.131.52, while Chromium is at version 184.108.40.206 (ie its newer)
- The Chrome logo is a colourful metallic ball of blue, green, red, yellow, while chromium is a bland metallic ball of grey, blue, blue, and blue 🙂
Both are very quick.
Both have a pleasingly simple interface (too simple for me, but I think most people will like it).
Personally, I prefer Chromium, but there is hardly any difference between the two.