Devs criticize Google over unprotected Chrome passwords

Google Chrome logoGoogle has come under fire for leaving saved passwords unprotected in its Chrome browser. Web developer Elliot Kimber has brought attention to the issue, noting that a user's saved passwords are easily exposed when the browser is directed to a settings URL. Although viewing the passwords requires direct access to the computer on which they are saved, Kimber argues that many users are unaware that such information is accessible without entering a master password.

"Google isn’t clear about its password security," Kimber writes in a blog post, which was referenced in a report by The Verge. "Users don't expect it to be this easy to see their passwords."

When Chrome is asked to import passwords in OS X, users encounter a prompt that requires approval for the browser to "use your confidential information stored in your keychain." Kimber suggests the wording is misleading, lacking any explicit warning that passwords will no longer be protected.

Responding to the blog post, Google's head of Chrome Security, Justin Schuh, suggests the company does not want to provide users with a "false sense of security" and "encourage risky behavior," rather than supporting a master password or other security protection, according to a blog post on Y Combinator.

"We want to be very clear that when you grant someone access to your OS user account, that they can get at everything. Because in effect, that's really what they get," Schuh added.

In a follow-up response, Schuh suggests any change in Chrome would actually make users "less safe than they are today," and "that's just not how we approach security on Chrome."

Source: Electronista

Tags: browsers, Chrome, Google, security

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
 
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
 
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
 
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
 
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
 
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
 
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
 
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)