Byron Acohido reports:
A major security flaw in Google’s popular Chrome browser was exposed on Thursday by data management firm Identity Finder.
The flaw comes into play anytime you type personal information into webforms at trusted websites or directly into the Chrome browser address bar.
Researchers found that Chrome’s caching mechanism routinely stores names, e-mail addresses, street addresses, phone numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers and credit card numbers directly onto your hard drive in plain text — without your knowledge or consent.
The function of a browser cache is to store files from websites, mainly to speed display of web pages on your next visit.
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