Does using “remember password” in my browser protect me from keylogger malware?

Joseph Videtto December 16, 2012

I’ve read on MakeUseOf that using a password manager – like “LastPass”, will reduce the chances of a keylogger malware from stealing your password and using it to compromise your sensitive information. Will using “remember password” in Firefox offer the same protection, or will that introduce a new set of vulnerabilities ?

  1. Justin Ellenwood
    January 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

    All of these password managers are great and can safe you time. Of course the browser based ones are less secure. A major problem can be if you forget your master password. Keep a file next to your computer in which your write down websites, user name and password.

  2. Meeth Jain
    December 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    its better to use software like KeePass to keep track of your passwords...
    i wouldn't recommend the "remember password" option ...

  3. DalSan
    December 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I agree with using KeePass or LastPass. Keyloggers only see what you type. Hackers only have to view the folder your passwords are stored in when using the save password feature in the browsers. Using a portable version of KeePass would be better, especially if you encrypt the folder. You can even use a portable version of the browsers to make it a little more difficult. The biggest problem with any of this is that it will not protect anyone from user error.

  4. Manuel Guillermo López Buenfil
    December 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, it will protect you from keyloggers. Keyloggers can only "see" what you type with your keyboard.
    However. your passwords will be saved in your computer, so anyone with access to it may be able to see them. They only have to go to Tools->Options->Security->Saved passwords, to find a list of all your saved passwords. You can further protect your browser with a master password, but you will need to enter it once per session.

  5. Irshaad Abdool
    December 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Any process/solution that saves you from typing passwords will keep you safe from keyloggers

    December 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

    You can use norton identity safe.... It's more secure....

  7. Alex Slutsky
    December 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

    It indeed helps you a little bit against keyloggers, but it also stores your passwords in a folder on your computer, which can be used to get your info...

    Use it wisely :)

  8. Junil Maharjan
    December 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I read somewhere that if a hacker wants to get to you, she/he will get to you no matter what, the only thing you can do is make it harder for them to get to you.

  9. Junil Maharjan
    December 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I agree with ha14 that remember password can be a problem. if someone knows your email address then they can simply put the email and the password will automatically appear. But some encrypted tools like Lastpass does help. be safe.

  10. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    December 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    It's probably better to just use something like Lastpass or KeePass to do all your password management. It's more malware proof than your browser's password manager.

  11. luis donis
    December 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    because on the one hand is safer than to remember to not be typing password each time you enter

  12. ha14
    December 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    remember password can be a problem, if it is encrypted then it is more secure.

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