Google Password Manager - You Make It Safe, Or Vulnerable

The Google Password Manager is a very handy tool to have for quick login to websites, social media apps, or cryptocurrency exchange accounts that require access through username and password.

But, like many other web tools, the Google Password Manager is only safe if you can keep it safe.

A careless approach or lack of knowledge can put your log details at risk of being stolen by hackers or scammers.

Google Password Manager

You should know that, through the information stored by the Google browser password manager, your online account usernames, passwords, and even bank account details are readily available to anyone who can access your computer.

And while the passwords are encrypted, there are tools that can be used to get them decrypted.

Browser password manager saved login details

In the next section, we are going to use examples from Windows and Google Chrome. Which is the most widely used combination.

However, the information that we are going to show in the next sections does apply to other browser password managers. Like the Microsoft Edge, Opera, Firefox,… 

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Google Password Manager Login Data

You may want to find out how much of your data has been saved by your browser password manager.

For Windows users with Chrome browser, the Login Data file can be found at:

– Windows (C:) > Users  > Your User Name > AppData > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data > Default

Once at that directory, right-click over the Login Data file and open it using Notepad.

Chrome login data

Other Browsers: Where to Find Your Password Manager Profile

For Windows, the paths are very similar for all the browsers:

– Windows (C:) > Users  > Your User Name > AppData > Local > …

For example, if you use Microsoft Edge as a browser, the Login Data file can be found at:

– Windows (C:) > Users  > Your User Name > AppData > Local > Microsoft > Edge > User Data > Default

Microsoft Edge login details

But not everyone uses Windows, so here is where you can find the login data for MacOS or Linux:

GOOGLE CHROME

- Windows: `C:\Users\<YourUsername>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Login Data` - macOS: `~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Login Data` - Linux: `~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Login Data`
MOZILLA FIREFOX
- Windows: `C:\Users\<YourUsername>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<ProfileName>\logins.json`
- macOS: `~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/<ProfileName>/logins.json`
- Linux: `~/.mozilla/firefox/<ProfileName>/logins.json`

BRAVE
- Windows: `C:\Users\<YourUsername>\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\User Data\Default\Login Data`
- macOS: `~/Library/Application Support/BraveSoftware/Brave-Browser/Default/Login Data`
- Linux: `~/.config/BraveSoftware/Brave-Browser/Default/Login Data`

OPERA
- Windows: `C:\Users\<YourUsername>\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable\Login Data`
- macOS: `~/Library/Application Support/com.operasoftware.Opera/Login Data`
- Linux: `~/.config/opera/Login Data

How Hackers Access Data from Browser Password Managers

If a hacker gets access to your computer through direct access, remote connection, browser extension malware,… there are many tools that can be used to steal the data saved by the browser password managers. 

For you to get an idea, here are just a few examples:

https://github.com/moonD4rk/HackBrowserData

HackBrowserData is a command-line tool for decrypting and exporting browser data ( passwords, history, cookies, bookmarks, credit cards, download records, local storage, and extension ) from the browser. 

It supports the most popular browsers on the market and runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

https://github.com/henry-richard7/Browser-password-stealer

Browser Password Stealer is a Python program that gets all the saved passwords, credit cards, and bookmarks from Chromium-based browsers that support Chromium 80 and above!

https://github.com/jabiel/BrowserPass

Browser Pass can be used to retrieve passwords stored in browsers.

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/web_browser_password.html

WebBrowserPassView is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored by the following Web browsers: Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 – 11.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. This tool can be used to recover your lost/forgotten password on any Website, including popular Web sites, like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and GMail, as long as the password is stored by your Web Browser.

https://github.com/globecyber/Infornito

Infornito was developed in Python 3. x and has as its purpose to extract all forensic interesting information of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers to be analyzed. 

https://github.com/obsidianforensics/hindsight

Hindsight is a free tool for analyzing web artifacts. It started with the browsing history of the Google Chrome web browser and has expanded to support other Chromium-based applications (with more to come!). Hindsight can parse a number of different types of web artifacts, including URLs, download history, cache records, bookmarks, autofill records, saved passwords, preferences, browser extensions, HTTP cookies, and Local Storage records (HTML5 cookies). Once the data is extracted from each file, it is correlated with data from other history files and placed in a timeline.

https://github.com/OsandaMalith/BrowserFreak

Browser Freak is an automated password dumper for web browsers. (A password dumper is a tool or program used to extract passwords from a system or application).

https://github.com/SaulBerrenson/BrowserStealer

Browser Stearler is a simple password/cookies/history/bookmarks stealer/dumper for Chrome all versions (includes 80+), Microsoft Edge browser, includes all Chromium-based browsers, and all Gecko-based browsers (firefox, etc.).

How to Protect Your Passwords from Hackers

There is not a single solution or piece of knowledge that will protect you from hackers’ attempts to directly or remotely access your devices.

So, the more you know, the better you will be prepared to prevent hackers from taking advantage of you.

You can start by reading this article about how an ordinary-looking charging cable is used to hack your devices and deploy payloads that will steal your passwords.

To make the knowledge as widely available as possible, the article has been made available in several Web 2, Web 2.5, and Web 3 platforms.

– Web 2: Medium, PublishOx, Hive

– Web 2.5: Bulbapp

– Web 3: Mirror

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Only Digital Security Safety Knowledge and Good Practices will protect you from hackers and scammers.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) as a Second Layer of Defense

If your personal circumstances require that you use a browser password manager, you should strongly consider Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) as an additional layer of security.

It may happen to anyone, that due to a hack or data leak, one or several of our usernames and passwords are exposed to hackers. In that case, without a second layer of defense, we are fully compromised.

Microsoft Authenticator and Google Authenticator are two of the most popular 2FA options.

Microsoft Authenticator

Safety and convenience
2FA app

Google Authenticator

The most popular app.
2FA APP

To learn more about 2FA and the different options, advantages, and disadvantages, you may consider reading the article we have written about this topic.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Fortify Your Security With Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
GOOD PARCTICES

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as a Third Layer of Defense

For those that whom the consequence of a hack could be massive, due to considerable personal or financial losses, a third layer of defense in the form of a hardware token is a must-to-have.

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Some of the best and most well-known security keys.
2FA KEYS

Thetis key

An affordable option protected by aluminum casing.
2FA KEYS

This may not be for everyone, due to the cost, but MFA through hardware tokens is a very secure way to protect your assets from unauthorized access.

The three layers of defense are:

Something You Know: A password.

Something You Have:  A hardware token

Something You Are: The fingerprint that is used to activate the physical token.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Browser Passwords Managers FAQ

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A browser password manager is a built-in or third-party tool that helps users securely store and manage their login credentials for websites and online services.

Browser password managers store your usernames and passwords for various websites and autofill them when you visit those sites. They often use encryption to protect your stored data.

Browser password managers are generally secure. They use encryption to protect your stored data, and they are often designed with security in mind. However, their security depends on factors like your device’s security and your own password strength.

Built-in password managers are part of your web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari), while third-party password managers are standalone applications you install. Both serve the same purpose but may have different features and integrations.

The choice between built-in and third-party password managers depends on your specific needs and preferences. Built-in managers are more convenient for many users, while third-party managers offer more features and cross-platform support.

Storing passwords in your browser is generally safe if you take the necessary precautions. Use strong, unique master passwords, enable two-factor authentication, and keep your browser and device up-to-date.

One potential drawback is that if your browser is compromised, your stored passwords could be at risk. Additionally, some third-party password managers may offer more advanced features not found in built-in browser managers.

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