Here's something for insomniacs to think about at two in the morning. Your web browser may be exposing all your passwords and other sensitive personal information to hackers.
The self-proclaimed Internet lockbox, Internet Explorer; Apple's untouchable Safari; open source choices, like Firefox and Google Chrome, vetted for security by the world? None of the above have bragging rights that they are keeping your most personal information safe according to a new study by Chapin Information Services.
The weak links are pretty universal falling into three areas:
1. Your browser is not checking the destination where passwords are sent.
2. Your browser is not checking the sites requesting passwords.
3. Your browser isn't telling you when invisible forms are getting triggered and tapping into password management information.
For the record, Google Chrome fared the worst on the list. Safari came in at number two.
Last updated: Dec 16, 2008
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio