This article is one in a series about Security and Surfer’s Anonymity on the Internet. It is a broad and multifaceted topic, which we will cover for the average user.
This article is written for the average internet user, so you’ll need to already know the basics. Should you have thought of a web-browser when you read the word internet, then this article might not be for you. If you know that viewing web-content (one of the most popular and developed services available on the internet) means you are surfing, then you might have something to gain by reading further.
Disable Autofill in Your Browser
Yes, it is handy when filling out forms and you enter your zip (postal) code and the rest of your address just pops into the rest of the fields. It used to be thought that it was harmless to use this feature, so long as nobody else had physical access to your computer. Currently, that is no longer always the case.
Finnish developer, Viljami Kuosmanen (@anttiviljami), has proven that a phishing website can phish out your bank account and credit card numbers along with your personal information. Kuosmanen’s repo on GitHub gives you the code, and his online example returns a JSON showing the data he collected from your submission of only name and email fields.
Currently, this only affects Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari browsers, while Mozilla’s Firefox plans to implement autofill in the near future. With April King 🌀(@aprilmpls); who pioneered Mozilla’s Observatory to evaluate your web server’s level of security, on board, it is unlikely that Mozilla will leave a gap for this hack.
In fact you can listen to an excellent podcast (13th of February, 2017) about site security by one of my favorites, on the Shop Talk Show, 250: Web Security with April King & Alex Sexton
Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer don’t suffer this problem because they don’t have built-in auto-fill, but Firefox is planning to add it soon. For your own safety and privacy, don’t enable it. If you really can’t be bothered to type your details manually, use a secure password manager-cum-digital wallet such as LastPass or Dashlane.
In Google Chrome’s English settings, you can disable autofill by unchecking the option entitled “Enable Auto-fill to fill in web forms in a single click.”
Anonymity in the World
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