Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

For the sake of easy use, I let the application to store my passwords. Several important passwords related to my hosting accounts are stored in Opera, Putty and Filezilla. I guess this might be an important security hole, isn't it? How easy is it to recover a password from these applications?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

It's fairly easy - any reasonably competent computer user could probably do it.

Of course, that is only a security risk if you assume that someone can read the files on your hard drive. And if it's a virus/trojan doing this, it could already be logging your keystrokes anyway. So I'd say, if you enter passwords on a computer, it's generally ok to store them as well, unless it's a shared system without user-level security.

BTW, many apps allow encrypting the password store (Firefox e.g. does). That should be secure (unless a keylogger is installed, see above).

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.