Test Finds Google Chrome, Apple Safari Weakest in Browser Password Management
A test of the security of password managers in Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Opera and Mozilla Firefox finds all five browsers do a poor job of protecting user passwords. Opera and Firefox receive the best marks, but pass only seven of 21 tests performed by Chapin Information Services. Google Chrome and Safari pass only two tests.A test by IT consulting company Chapin Information Services has turned attention toward what is perhaps an undervalued element of browser security-password management. The company took a look at all the major browsers: Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9.62, Firefox 3.04, Safari 3.2 and Google Chrome. According to the study, each browser was susceptible to a number of vulnerabilities that could expose password information. Of the five, Opera Software's Opera and Mozilla Firefox fared the best-meaning they passed seven of the 21 tests. Internet Explorer passed five tests, while Google Chrome and Apple Safari passed only two.
Three issues were cited by CIS as being problems that, when combined, could allow cyber-thieves to steal passwords without a user's knowledge. The first two are whether the browsers check the destination where passwords are sent and the locations where they are requested.