Opened 5 years ago

#15901 new enhancement

Inform users about storing passwords in plain text

Reported by: aravindh.k Owned by:
Milestone: Component: pidgin (gtk)
Version: 2.10.8 Keywords:


Although it is clear from browsing the Pidgin Wiki, most users who use Pidgin are not aware that their saved passwords are stored in plain-text in accounts.xml.

The easiest way to indicate this is to have text such as "stored in clear text" (not tooltip, but italicized for example) next to the "Save Password" check-box.

This makes it easy for the user to make informed choices.

Note: One of the major reasons for this request is Google Talk. The same password is used for Google Chat (XMPP) and Gmail e-mail; and anybody with access to the user's files can easily obtain Gmail password. (Note: it is still possible to use Google Chat with Pidgin although doesn't work for offline messages after move to Google Hangout).

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