If Google Chrome is your browser of choice and, if you leave comments on blog posts, this information will be of interest to you. Recently there has been an intermittent problem showing up on https Word Press blogs where the street address of the person commenting is displaying with the comments that they leave.* Potentially, though I haven't heard that this has happened, even your credit card information could show up! This "glitch" doesn't always happen but even once is too much in this world where privacy so vitally important.
My good friend Marilyn, pro foodblogger at Marilyn's Treats, discovered this glitch, ferreted out the information and shared it with many bloggers so that we could be cautious and aware. [See the link to the full post on Blogaid at the end of this post.] The problem is connected with Chrome's autofill feature and they are working on a solution. In the meantime, though, we comment-leaving Chrome users should consider disabling the auto-fill feature as a precaution.
Personally, I had disabled mine previously as I prefer to identify my comments manually. Sometimes I use my own name. Other times I use my blog's name. And I flip flop on the email addresses I use. For me, it is easier to type it in manually rather than erasing what auto-fills in the fields.
If you do want to disable it on your account, here are the easy steps:
How to Disable Auto Fill In The Google Chrome Browser
- Open up the Chrome browser.
- Go to the tab on the top right corner of the screen that has three dots, one over the other.
- Click on it.
- Now go to the word "Settings" and click!
- Scroll to the very bottom and click on "Show Advanced Settings"
- Look down the page, about 2/3 of the way, for "Passwords and forms"
- Unclick the box that says "Enable auto fill to fill out webforms in a single click" if it is checkmarked. If it is not checkmarked, do nothing. It is already disabled.
Be sure to read ALL the details including how to disable auto fill on Chrome on ANDROID devices ⇒ "Chrome Displays Street Address In Word Press Comments On Https Sites"
Thanks again to Marilyn for giving us a big "heads up!"
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