I was doing what I’ve known I shouldn’t have been doing. I was letting Google Chrome save my passwords. GASP
So today I realized that there were ads in places I had never noticed before. First placed I noticed it was Instagram. There were words on the page that were double underlined and red text color.
First thought was, “Is THIS how Instagram decided to start doing ads? Really?”, but then I realized that something was out of place when I was on a Dribbble page and saw the exact same ads, styling, everything was the same. I knew that wasn’t right.
I made the mistake of just removing all of the extensions I had installed so I don’t actually know which extension could have provided some “malware” an open door, but it was definitely one of them. After I panicked I removed all extensions, then removed all saved passwords in Chrome. As well as disabled Chrome asking me if I want to save the password.
The reason I started with the password bit is because I have never had an issue with this on the Mac before and I’ve been too lenient with this stuff. I’ve been using Chrome because Safari has felt so much slower for some reason lately, but I think that I’ll see if there’s anything I can do to help Safari run a bit smoother to move away from Chrome.
There is no such thing as a piece of software that is 100% “safe” so as convenient as it is to have everyone and their mother save your password I would definitely advise against it.
Get yourself a nice password manager like 1Password and USE IT. It’ll get the average person most of the way there as it will create “better” passwords, helping you to manage them so you don’t have to try and remember passwords that are worth using.