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Top Story: Massive security breach hits popular web browser's password manager

Top Story: Massive security breach hits popular web browser's password manager

We use web browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge to access our favorite websites. These browsers can do so much more than just host sites so we made a list to help you get the most out of your browser. What you won't find on that list is a password manager that offers to save passwords from every site you visit.

Password managers are a really convenient feature because they do the remembering for you. Browsers can also store other information so that you can autocomplete forms on the internet. But the price of convenience may be too high since it can put your privacy in jeopardy.

The Opera web browser recently had a security breach that hit their password manager, Opera Sync. Because of the breach, over 1 million users had their passwords leaked. If you use Opera, we suggest you change your passwords right now. Bookmarked pages and site histories may also have been leaked. Opera isn't really indicating how big the issue is, possibly because they themselves don't know. When a breach occurs, there's no way to know if every file has been viewed by the hacker or just the files showing evidence of the breach.

It's possible that bookmarked pages and site histories have been leaked; Opera isn't really indicating how big the issue is. They themselves may not know because there's no way to track what information hackers have seen. Imagine someone breaking into your home and leaving no trace that they'd been there.

In an attempt to keep hackers away from passwords, Opera uses a closed source security system, which means it doesn't allow people to view the encryption system. Other companies use open source coding because they want people to be able to find bugs and suggest improvements. Maybe after this incident, they will consider making a switch.

In one of our past articles, we gave you tips for creating the perfect password. We also suggest an offline, free password manager, such as Keepass. It's an easy way to safely store your passwords, and retrieve them whenever you need them.

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