Here is a public service posting that you should seriously consider forwarding onto your friends and family, as well. These days, identity theft and online security breaches are a serious concern. The security risk that I’m communicating in this posting has to do with the completion of online forms using the autocomplete feature that is available in your web browser (or a browser plugin).
The root of the issue is related to a new form property that captures content that may not be visible on the form itself, but is captured on the back end where you cannot see it. I first learned of this issue through a newsletter that I receive for an SEO plugin (Yoast SEO) that I use in my WordPress development efforts. Rather than repeat the information that Joost de Valk has carefully crafted, I suggest you do yourself a favor and read it yourself. Even if you don’t read the article, you should check out his that actually demonstrates the security risk.
I’m sure this risk will be more addressed by Google and your security software in the coming months. Until a fix is in place, however, you’ll definitely think twice about using the autocomplete feature in your web browser when completing online forms.
Once you’ve seen the light, please consider forwarding onto your friends and family.