Password Security

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iMacros Password Security Options

Many web sites require you to type a user name and password before you can enter the site. For instance, personalized pages and web sites containing your financial information require you to log in.

The iMacros Password Manager can help you by storing your user names and passwords in macros, and entering them for you automatically when you visit such sites.

There are three ways to store passwords in macros you record. The password encryption method can be either set or disabled for all macros in the Security tab of the Options dialog or individually for each macro with the !ENCRYPTION variable.

No encryption

The password is stored inside the macro in plain text. This method is very convenient, but keep in mind that everybody who opens the macro can read the password. This is the default option.

Encrypted web site passwords

Passwords are encrypted using a strong 256-bit encryption based on the industry-standard AES algorithm. This encryption requires a master password, which is stored on your own computer. The default master password is "iOpus2004". This master password can and indeed should be changed in the Security tab of the Options dialog. It would be difficult, but not impossible for an intruder to discover the master password. For macros that need to run unattended this is the best solution possible as every automatic solution needs to store the password somewhere.

Encrypted web site passwords and ask for the Master Password

Passwords are encrypted using the same strong 256-bit encryption based on the industry-standard AES algorithm as in 2., but the master password is not stored. It is only kept temporarily in memory while you run the macros. You need to re-enter it once when you start iMacros and use a website password the first time; much more secure than the other two options, but less convenient. This means that even if somebody steals your PC they can not run the macros which include website access using passwords. This method is recommended for macros that you start manually, such as your personal online banking macros.

Tip 1: If you need to change a password inside a macro, you can create new secure password strings with this password tool. Using this tool avoids the need to re-record a macro just because you want to change the password.

Tip 2: The iMacros encryption is very secure but some users prefer to store no password information at all. If you simply want iMacros to wait while you enter a password for a website you have two options:

  • PAUSE: iMacros will wait for you to enter the password. Press the PAUSE/CONTINUE button to resume the macro execution.
  • PROMPT: iMacros can ask for the password during the macro run.