Passwords can sit on hard disks for years

Tuesday, 8 June 2004, 10:17 AM EST

Typing your password or credit card number into a computer is a moment's work. But if you think your personal details disappear as soon as you hit the Return key, think again: they can sit on the computer's hard disk for years waiting for a hacker to rip them off.

They hope their results will convince programmers to work harder at making computers more secure.

As people spend more time on the web and hackers become more sophisticated, the dangers of storing personal information on computers are growing by the day, security experts say. There are some obvious safeguards, such as never allowing your computer to store your passwords. But even that is no guarantee of security.

By Celeste Biever at New Scientist.

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