Google Chrome Leaves Credit Card Data Exposed

Google Chrome Leaves Credit Card Data Exposed

October 16, 2013         Written By Bill Hardekopf

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers, and it is growing in popularity every month. While Chrome does offer high speeds, superb resolution and smooth page transfers, it apparently has a flaw with its security.

This information comes from data management firm IdentityFinder.

The company found that the flaw occurs once users type their personal information on a secure website. Chrome stores a user’s personal information directly onto the hard drive in plain text. This information includes credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers.

This personal information could be read by anyone with physical access to the hard drive, access to the file system or simple malware.

If you happen to sell your computer to someone else after using Chrome, your important information may still be on the hard drive after you delete your user account. The only way to completely get rid of it is to delete all of the individual files meticulously or wipe the whole computer clean.

If you encounter malware or other issues on the computer, your identity may be at risk even with the computer in your possession.

Google Chrome is the only browser to undergo this scrutiny at this time.

The report from IdentityFinder says, “By connecting the dots, we hope to educate all Chrome users that Chrome stores sensitive data unencrypted, alert users of the risks of stored Chrome data, and encourage individuals and enterprises to engage in sensitive data management best practices.”

The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 16, 2013. For up-to-date
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About Bill Hardekopf

Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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