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How can I make sure no one sees my password when I'm using a secure site for Internet banking?

I don't know if this exactly an IIS-related question. This is the scenario: I have accessed a secure site (https), like an Internet banking. If I do a memory dump of my browser using a program like Winex, I can visualize my password in clear text stored in memory. Do you know if there is some resolution to this problem ?

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HTTPS encrypts data as it is sent across the network. So, using HTTPS while sending your password to an Internet banking site would prevent a hacker from seeing your password as it crossed the network. However, the browser is responsible for managing how it stores data in memory. If you're using Internet Explorer, it may solve the problem if you disable IE's ability to remember passwords--it will always prompt you before it remembers any password.

This was first published in October 2001

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