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How To Backup Passwords?


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#1 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 03:16 PM

I need to know in what folder are remembered passwords stored - (so this folder can be backed up and restored at a future date). Thanks!
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:18 PM

I'm going to assume you're referring to Firefox.

Firefox stores your cookies in the automatically generated file cookies.txt under your specific Profile folder; your viewing history is saved in the file history.dat; and your saved login and passwords are kept in the file signons.txt file in the same folder. You can view the contents of all of these files using a text editor like Windows Notepad, however most of the contents will not make much sense. Username and passwords in the signons.txt file for example are encrypted for security purposes. If you want to back these up, I strongly suggest backing up your entire profiles folder, rather than these individual elements, as there are several other files which are required to make a profile function correctly.


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#3 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:24 PM

Thanks, Animal, but I was referring to IE.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:50 PM

There are all sorts of free password managers out there. Example Of course if you store them on your computer you could run into problems. I usually keep a hand written copy around taped inside the computer case
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:55 PM

Found this bit of info on the web:
http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1882
The locations and mechanisms of storing usernames and passwords are described below. This information was used as the basis of studying attack vectors that are reviewed in section 5 (which spans both part one and two of this article).

4.1 Storage location
4.1.1 Internet Explorer 6 & 7
On Internet Explorer (versions 4 through 6) AutoComplete web form information is stored in the Registry in the following hive locations:

Encrypted usernames and passwords:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\SPW
Web addresses:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\MicrosoftProtected Storage System Provider\
Cryptographic symmetric keys: [ref 9]


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Protected Storage System Provider\Data\\
On Internet Explorer 7, AutoComplete information is stored in the Registry as well but in a slightly different location.

Encrypted Usernames and Passwords: [ref 10]


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2
Entries in the registry are only created when the user is prompted to save login information (the username and password) for a web site. The acronym SPW is short for SavedPassWords.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:50 AM

Apparently Roboform can back up your passwords in IE, but I have never used it.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 01:34 AM

Depending on your version of IE you could try one of the utilities here--> Nirsoft:Internet Explorer Passwords

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:32 AM

I may be old-fashioned and perhaps a bit over-cautious, but I keep my passwords in a notebook in a drawer rather than backing them up on my hard drive somewhere.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:48 AM

Thank you all for your contributions to this thread, and I have learned a few things. Ideally, I am looking for a way to automatically back up passwords and have them stored on an external hard drive along with the rest of my data, but apparently this is not possible. I am using Cobian software for the backups and IE7. It appears my best bet may be to periodically run IE Passview and print out the passwords for safe keeping. However this is not automatic, and something automatic was what I was looking for. I know, whine, whine, whine! :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:26 PM

Pity. I was *so* hoping there was a way!




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