One of the most convenient and useful features that we use while browsing the internet is auto-filling our data and passwords. Most of the popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari offer this autofill feature.
Even though autofill is a highly useful feature that helps reduce our time consumption but it definitely has some major downsides as well. So here’s why you should stop using autofill feature while browsing the internet.
Autofill Feature: How It Works?
The autofill feature comes really handy in many situations. Well, most of the browsers store our information like name, address, phone number, and passwords while we enter it for the first time. It is worth noting that, every browser asks for permission before storing this sensitive data. This collected information is auto-filled whenever it’s needed by any website. It saves time and we get our work done.
Autofill Feature: What’s The Issue?
The major issue while allowing a browser to autofill our data arises, when a website forces the browser to automatically fill this data in the background. In simple words, your data is transferred to an alien website, without you knowing about that.
Some websites hide invisible boxes to gather your information. These invisible boxes are present in the background. A user never knows when the browser auto-filled their information in these boxes.
What Are The Safety Measures
To avoid sharing of your data, you can completely disable autofill feature. Next up always remember never to allow your browser to store your login information, when it asks. Despite using the built-in password saver you can rely on a more secure third-party password savor such as LastPass.
Then copying and pasting information from this password saver to wherever required. This might sound tedious but is a highly secure method to safeguard your important data. Well, what are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comment section below.
Edited by Atish Rajasekharan