Saving passwords in your browser can be convenient, but it also comes with significant security risks. When you save a password in your web browser, that data is stored in a plain text file on your computer.  You can verify this.  As an example if you are using Firefox,  Select the menu in the upper right hand side of the browser and select passwords.  This shows a list of all the passwords that you have saved.  While they are obfuscated with asterisks for the characters, you can click the eyeball icon to show the password.  The file by default is not encrypted on your computer.  Generally, here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to save passwords in your browser:

  1. Convenience: Saving passwords in your browser can save you time and effort by automatically filling in login credentials for websites you visit frequently.
  2. Security Risks: If someone gains access to your computer or device, they may also have access to all the passwords saved in your browser as described above. This can pose a significant security risk.
  3. Browser Vulnerabilities: Browsers are software applications, and like any software, they can have vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to access saved passwords. While browser developers work hard to patch these vulnerabilities, new ones can still arise at any time.
  4. Syncing Across Devices: Many browsers offer syncing features that allow you to access saved passwords across different devices. While convenient, this also means that if one device is compromised, all synced passwords could be at risk.
  5. Alternative Solutions: Consider using a dedicated password manager instead of saving passwords in your browser. Password managers offer more robust security features, such as encryption, two-factor authentication, and secure password generation.

In summary, while saving passwords in your browser can be convenient, it’s essential to weigh the convenience against the security risks and consider alternative solutions like password managers for better security. If you do choose to save passwords in your browser, make sure your device is adequately protected with strong passwords and security measures.