Is a keyring necessary for programs to store passwords?

Kizzume

I just downloaded Ubuntu 13.04 earlier and was trying it out. At least I know you can surf all installed applications with the dash home if you click the icons at the bottom, you're not forced to memorize all the names of everything.

Anyway...

I'm used to Windows, where programs have their own ways of storing passwords--and they do, and I've never had a hard time. It makes me comfortable. I'm very *un*comfortable with the idea of something storing pretty much ALL my passwords, I prefer them to be separate entities.

Is a keyring really necessary for programs like Chrome and Firefox? Can I just disable the keyring altogether and still have Chrome remember my passwords, or when I use Ubuntu, will I forever have to type a password for it to automatically type a password? To me, typing a password so I don't have to type a password just doesn't make any sense.

I'm confused. I never remember having to do this when I installed Linux before.

And yes, I have the login password the same as the keyring password but I still have to log into both each time.

Radu Rădeanu

Why is necessary?

GNOME Keyring is a daemon application designed to take care of the user's security credentials, such as user names and passwords. The sensitive data is encrypted and stored in a keyring file in the user's home folder. The default keyring uses the login password for encryption, so users don't need to remember yet another password.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME_Keyring.

How to disable?

You can use next command in terminal:

sudo chmod -x /usr/bin/gnome-keyring

After this, Chrome, Firefox and others can still save passwords without the keyring, but these are vulnerable.

If you want to re-enable, use +x instead -x in the same command.

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