All modern web browsers offer the option to remember passwords for you for websites regularly visited that require logins. Choosing to let a browser remember a password for a website sounds like a good idea at first, but you should take a close look at whether or not you want to allow members of your law firm to save passwords when prompted.

Storing passwords in a browser allows for longer, more secure passwords to be used with relative ease. Its just a simple fact, stronger passwords are more difficult to remember and they are also more difficult to type. But storing website passwords in a browser is a very bad security decision in an environment where people frequently have access to other computers and workstations like your law office setting.

Each password stored in a browser is a security accident waiting to happen. The more people that have physical access to the computer, the more the security threat is increased. If any computers in your law office with stored passwords are left unattended, an unauthorized user can check recent sites visited by viewing the browser history and login to the site with the stored password. Temporary employees, cleaning staff and even clients left in a conference room or roaming about the halls can easily login to any account on an unattended computer with stored web passwords.

Having computers that are protected with system logins is simply not enough because inevitably, some of your law office computers will be left on and unattended at some point even if only for a few minutes.

GoMatters recommends that you do not permit the storage of any web passwords in your office web browsers. GoMatters does not provide a “Remember” option for passwords at login.