Why is google being spooky and filling in other people's gmails?
March 7, 2013 7:13 PM Subscribe
This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window?
posted by artychoke to computers & internet (8 answers total)
The only mechanism I can posit is that I did plug my iPhone into my dad's iMac some time before this happened, but does that make any sense? Do iPhones indiscriminantly absorb gmail information and then effectively transmit it to other iMacs it comes into contact with? This seems to be a glaring security issue if it is the case.
I don't ever sync my phone when it asks, but occasionally iTunes will start syncing without me noticing, so that might be relevant.
Also, the two incidents happened many months apart, with no weirdness in between.
The login info persisted even when the browser was closed and re-opened, but I think restarting the computer cleared the info.
I did check to make sure the password was right, and sure enough the login info was correct, and I had access to my father and stepmother's emails.
Usually on this computer, when I open chrome and go to gmail it will either be blank or just have my username filled in, with no password.
I find this all weird, and no one has any explanation. Thank you for reading!