By now, all browsers give you the option to save your passwords. The feature is enabled by default, and it’s a convenient way to store passwords and synchronize them across devices. But is it also safe? In what follows, we present some of the security risks of browser-based password managers and the advantages of using a dedicated password manager.
Pros and cons of browser-based password managers
Storing your passwords in your browser is the most straightforward way to log in to your accounts instantly. It’s an integrated functionality, so you don’t have to download an extra app, and it’s free. In addition, your passwords are kept in sync across all your devices. However, if you tend to use different browsers on your devices, you’ll have to update your passwords for each browser separately when you do your regular password change. For privacy-minded users, that means every six months. It might become a cumbersome task, especially if you tend to use three or more different browsers.
Speaking of password change, you need some creativity to come up with new passwords. Unlike dedicated passwords managers, browser-based password managers do not integrate a complex password generator. Some browsers, such as Firefox, offer suggestions for random passwords, but they do not allow customization, such as choosing a specific length or specific characters.
If you enjoy the flexibility of using different browsers, you should consider a dedicated password manager. Cybersecurity experts recommend using multiple web browsers, each for different activities. It is not only convenient, but it is also beneficial for your privacy and safety. For streaming, your priority might be speed, while for online banking, you might prefer the browser with the best security track record. Following popular wisdom, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket – or keep all your cookies in one browser.
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