Google Chrome Cache Exposing Personal Data

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Posted 4 years ago

Google Chrome Cache Exposing Personal DataFor the second time in three months, an issue of a Google Chrome shortcoming has cropped up. This time a majority security flaw with Google’s Chrome browser has been exposed, on Thursday, by data management firm Identity Finder.

Type personal information into webforms at trusted websites or into the Chrome browser address bar, and here’s what happens: Chrome’s caching mechanism stores the bank account numbers, phone numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and e-mail addresses directly to your hard drive in plain text. You are not asked if that is what you prefer to do. It predisposes no need for your consent or knowledge of said process.

It is easy pickings for anyone with hands-on access to your computer to obtain all your personal data. You’re in trouble, for sure, if there is a data-stealing Trojan on your computer.

Here is what you can do: 1. Clear your Chrome cache regularly  2. Clear it often. 3. Invest in a computer brand that minimizes very greatly the possibility of viruses and Trojans to begin with. Here is what Google can do: Make this issue #1 on their priorities list, and with enough resources; and at godspeed this issue can be cleared up.

– Rich Casale

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