Autofill on the Chrome browser may be security risk for users

Yeah, You heard it right. The autofill feature that we use in our day to day life to not to worry about entering details again and again. The Google Chrome has this awesome feature, called AutoFill. People use this amazing features every day.

What is Chrome AutoFil feature?

If you have filled any form, registration details or anything else which requires your email address, residential address, phone number, or any other contact details, You already knew about it. You might have done online payment and in hurry any time, you would have saved the credit cards detail on the browser. However, The credit card info cannot be synced by 3rd party websites.

Even though You just log in on your pc through that account, it is still at a risk. Because if any time you access your account on any other pc, it will show the details on that too. Nowadays, Privacy is already being leaked by so many websites, We can think about this too.

The actual Risk

The risk is too much huge nowadays. The browser that you use daily which has this feature to autofill the details also gives access to plugins/extensions. Yes, you heard it right, Google Chrome also have 3rd Party extensions which might sync your info from the browser without even letting you know.

Developer’s trick

Imagine this situation in which a developer creates a form on your so-called ‘ Trusted Website’. You might think it’s just a normal form from your trusted website. You will autofill the details asked in the form because it is your ‘trusted website’. You think it just asks for the name and your contact form, You will autofill the information without even checking.

But the trick initiates from here, the developer might create a hidden field. Also, on the normal form, You might think its just a normal form. The form could just show two fields to be shown to you, that includes Name and Contact number. But the developer will get the information about your address through the ‘hidden field’ which you can’t see on the website.

Autofill feature

In this image, You can totally see that the developer has hidden the contact address field. While filling the form, You might think that you are just giving your name and phone details, but that’s not the truth actually.

How to Avoid the Risk

To avoid the risk, You should always visit the trusted websites. Check out the data you are entering in the fill. Don’t save credit card details or anything that is confidential anytime. Go to Any form and see what are the details it has saved in the autofill feature. If you find anything confidential, just delete the detail by going to the options of the form. Also, always check the entries required by the websites before giving access to your data. You can check it through the “inspect element” for the same.

How to disable Autofill from Chrome

You can disable the autofill feature if you don’t wish to add details automatically in the future. In my opinion, It is better to be safe than saving time. To do so, Just follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome Browser

Step 2: Click on the options button present on the top right corner

Step 3: Click on the Settings tab

Step 4: Click on Advanced Settings and then you might find Passwords and forms option on the page.

Step 5: Find ‘Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click’ and ‘Offer to save your web passwords.’, Just remove the check mark option from both.

Chrome Browser Autofill

Boom!! You are done!!

Nothing can be trusted

Nothing in this world can be trusted, then how these browsers? You might be wondering why I said that? Just see the privacy leaks made by different so-called “Trusted Websites”. These browsers cannot be trusted in terms of the password, They might have this amazing time-saving feature, However, It is more than harmful than saving your time.

Here are some tips that you should remember always

  1. Always update your browser to the latest version before accessing the internet
  2. Always update your Windows or MacOs (in case You are a Mac user)
  3. Use Antivirus that also provides internet security and keep it updated.
  4. Never visit the website where you see something fishy in the URL.
  5. Use least and required plugins/extensions only.
  6. Never visit or focus on spam emails/fraud emails.
  7. Never click on unnecessary popups, try blocking popups from the website itself.
  8. Always take a look at the inspect element data before filling the form.
  9. Never save important details on any browser.
  10. Never access your primary email from anyone else’s desktop.

Over To You

That’s it for now. If you think something is missing, please drop that in the comment section down below. If you have any queries/feedback/suggestions, drop them down in the comments.