|Should I disable password manager?|
|Written on 01/24/12 at 14:53:51 EST by GentleGiant|
|Financial sites such as banks frequently decide to disable password manager using the autocomplete="off" attribute. I'm not sure why they do this; it seems to me that it hurts security more than it helps:
Advantages of letting users save passwords:
Users are more likely to choose passwords that are hard to guess or brute-force rather than easy to remember and type.
If the user encounters a phishing site, they're more likely to notice that something is wrong, since they're not used to having to enter their password.
Disadvantages of letting users save passwords:
A stolen laptop or a computer sold on eBay is more likely to contain a saved password.
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