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Browsers' autofill options could create risk


For small business owners, time is money, so things that can streamline any business processes are helpful. However, PCWorld says business owners may want to be very careful with using their internet browser's autofill options.

The settings on most browsers, including Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox can remember data which has been typed in on similar forms, so owners don't have to retype their contact information repeatedly.

However, these systems can also store information such as a credit card number, which could put companies at financial risk.

The source says each browser has a way for users to modify the autofill options, and delete any information that should not be stored in the browser's history. Chrome and Firefox each allow for a particular field to be deleted. However, for most people, the only option for IE is to delete all autofill data.

Improper computer security regarding client data could also lead to legal action if the information is misused, opening a business owner up to potential legal action. Having professional liability insurance in place can help mitigate those circumstances.

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