GOOGLE Chrome Users Might Unknowingly Reveal Their Passwords When Using Spell Checker, Experts Claim.
It’s all about so-called advanced spell checking features and how to view your password.
The problem doesn’t just affect Chrome either – it also affects those who use Microsoft Edge, with its own installable add-on called Microsoft Editor.
These tools are designed to more thoroughly examine everything you write for mistakes or bad grammar.
To do so, however, it needs to transmit data to Google and Microsoft – and both make it clear that any text you type into your web browser goes through this process if you choose to enable the optional feature.
That’s fine for the common stuff, but it poses a risk to your password.
When you enter your password, asterisks are usually displayed to keep it private.
Under these conditions, your password is absolutely secure.
However, if you have advanced spell checking enabled and want to reveal your password, problems may arise, according to experts at otto-js.
Usually websites contain some simple code to prevent this data from being extracted.
However there computer beeps Some big names, including Facebook, reportedly seem to have neglected this.
The problem is that the problem doesn’t apply to the regular spell checker, only the enhanced ones that you have to manually enable, so the vast majority of users should be safe.
And remember that it only applies if you reveal your password by clicking the reveal password button, so the risk should be further limited.
Regardless, anyone using Enhanced Spell Checker or Microsoft Notepad should be more careful about revealing their password.
“Enhanced spell checking requires user consent,” a Google spokesman told Bleeping Computer.
“The text entered by the user may be sensitive personal data and Google does not assign it to any user identity and only processes it temporarily on the server.
“To further ensure user privacy, we will work to proactively exclude passwords from spell checking.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft told the publication that it is investigating the matter.
How to disable Chrome’s Enhanced Spell Checker
If you want to turn off Chrome’s Enhanced Spell Checker, just follow these instructions.
Type the following into your Chrome address bar: chrome://settings/?search=Enhanced+Spell+Check
Under the Languages heading, switch to basic spell checker.
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