They're only as strong as your computer's defenses



Is it time to panic? Not exactly. Here's an important thing to keep in mind regarding these flaws -- these are only exploitable if a hacker has already managed to install malware on your computer. Your computer's operating system has built-in defenses against these types of memory access attacks, anyway.

If someone can already peer into your password manager's cached data, then your entire system is already compromised, and your computer has bigger problems than that. Spoiler alert: Keyloggers, spyware, remote access software and ransomware can do much worse damage, and your password for CuteShoes.com may just be the icing on the cake.

In fact, these security issues on password managers are nothing new and they're all inherent to how they work within, say, an operating system like Windows 10. Thankfully, developers are still coming up with new mechanisms to protect password managers against cleartext password exposures in memory and malware attacks in general.

The bottom line is this

- if you are not employing good security measures on your computer, then nothing, not even your password manager, can keep you safe.

Keeping your software updated by patching regularly, using reliable security software, strong passwords and enabling two-factor authentication are just some of the best practices you can do to keep your gadgets safe. Oh, and before I forget, using a password manager is still highly recommended. Please -- don't stop using yours.