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Question: Can a spyware steal my Firefox passwords?

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#1 jlmei


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:41 PM

My firefox stores the account name, website and passwords, i didn't set a master password because i'm the only one to use my computer.
If i get a virus, can it steal that information?
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#2 boopme


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:27 PM

Yes there are many types of malware that their function is to steal passwords ,account numbers,credit card info etc..
Though most is aimed at tracking your web habits and sending you advertisements,orgers can contain bots and keloggers.

A vitus can be more xevere. It can allow Backdoots,trojans and Rootkits to be installed and all have the ability.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:28 PM

Using the AutoComplete feature in Internet Explorer or Firefox can be useful but it is a security risk. It is not a good practice to save passwords with your browser for sites which have private information about yourself or financial information such as credit card numbers. If someone else uses your computer with the same account, they may be able to get access to all your username and password information. That would allow them to visit those web sites which require a password for security purposes. Further, if your machine becomes infected with a backdoor Trojan, Botnet or IRCBot, a remote attacker could gain unauthorized access to the computer and steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data. By the time you find out your passwords have been compromised, its probably too late.

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