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Why does my browser not ask me to save my cloud password ?

asked 2014-02-12 01:46:10 -0500

GabrielPannwitz gravatar image

Modern browsers usually offer to save your password for you. This is convinient, and ( I have been told ) a security feature, since your browser usually is better at deciding whether you are really at the site that you intended to be at. Is this completely backwards ? Why does cloud.sagemath not indicate to my browser that password has been entered ? Is this a feature that is planned for the future ? Are there good reasons why this should not be implemented ever ?

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answered 2014-02-12 04:27:20 -0500

ppurka gravatar image

No idea why smc does not trigger a 'store password' response from the browser.

Also, this holds for most browsers (opera is an exception): if some other user has access to your machine, they can simply open the browser settings and read off your stored passwords in plain text. So, storing passwords in browsers may not be that good of an idea! :)

That said, every time you are about to log in to a server, you should check that the site has https connection and the certificate is valid. Most modern browsers make this very prominent in the urlbar when the site is a legit site (usually a part of the urlbar is highlighted as green).

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This may be possible in Firefox, but I don't think you can do that with Chrome. And yes, I find this constant asking for the password annoying, too.

rws gravatar imagerws ( 2014-02-13 02:45:45 -0500 )edit

What are you referring to when you say "I don't think you can do that in Chrome"?

ppurka gravatar imageppurka ( 2014-02-13 10:29:55 -0500 )edit

And I don't know why smc does not trigger a store password response either. I believe I'm using the proper html for password entry.

William Stein gravatar imageWilliam Stein ( 2014-02-14 04:26:32 -0500 )edit

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