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Opera "remembers" all passwords even after disk formatting & win reinstall

  • By the way, the installation file for Opera from which I installed Opera in the previous Win7 installation has this date associated with itself: November ‎30, ‎2014

  • You missed the obvious. Opera will import settings and passwords from your default browser. If you didn't tell the installers otherwise, the default browser will be the one most recently installed - that is, Chrome as described. Hence it imported the bookmarks and passwords from Chrome.

  • There is no 'magic' with computers, contrary to occasional popular opinion. The laws of physics still rule. So if data file contents are surviving on your SSD drive after reformatting it, the implication is that either those data files actually (or also) exist elsewhere outside that drive or the reformatting is not being fully successful in the usual sense of the word "format".

  • You missed the obvious. Opera will import settings and passwords from your default browser. If you didn't tell the installers otherwise, the default browser will be the one most recently installed - that is, Chrome as described. Hence it imported the bookmarks and passwords from Chrome.

    But Opera didn't ask me whether I want it to import the passwords and settings.

    Besides, even if that were the case, it doesn't explain the fact that as soon as I entered the URL for shutterstock contributors, I was already logged in. The same story for gmail. I wasn't brought to the login screen on those sites, I was already logged in. I don't think that Opera (or any other browser for that matter) is programmed to import sessions from other browsers?

  • Easy way to find out - try it again but install Opera first.

    Opera does import sessions from old Opera (which was my default) - though you really mean cookies, to Opera users "session" means open tabs. As far as what exactly it imports from Chrome ... I have never had Chrome as default. But Opera and Chrome use the same rendering engine, so transferring from one to the other is trivial.

  • There is no 'magic' with computers, contrary to occasional popular opinion. The laws of physics still rule. So if data file contents are surviving on your SSD drive after reformatting it, the implication is that either those data files actually (or also) exist elsewhere outside that drive or the reformatting is not being fully successful in the usual sense of the word "format".

    I did notice that the formatting lasted only a few seconds (the format command from win7 installation). I don't know if this is normal or not.

  • For a 'quick format' it is.

  • A quick reformat merely wipes the base directory and file allocation. All the data is still there, and you can even "unformat" a quick format. But not relevant to this discussion as Opera is not recovering any of its own files.

  • Ah, when you install Opera there is an options page. Inside that page there is a checkbox that says 'Import bookmarks and data from the default browser'. That is probably the source of the bookmarks being imported.

  • You missed the obvious. Opera will import settings and passwords from your default browser.

    I'm no expert but could anybody please confirm or (as I'm hoping) denying this statement.

    Even when accepting that stored passwords in a browser can not be considered save I mean what's the logic that a new installed program is allowed to import passwords from another rather unrelated program?

  • You missed the obvious. Opera will import settings and passwords from your default browser.

    I'm no expert but could anybody please confirm or (as I'm hoping) denying this statement.
    Even when accepting that stored passwords in a browser can not be considered save I mean what's the logic that a new installed program is allowed to import passwords from another rather unrelated program?

    That's what I thought as well. I don't think it's very nice of Opera (to put it mildly) to import everything it can from other browsers, especially when we take into account the fact that it doesn't even ask the user for the permission!

  • Ah, when you install Opera there is an options page. Inside that page there is a checkbox that says 'Import bookmarks and data from the default browser'. That is probably the source of the bookmarks being imported.

    I'm afraid there's no such checkbox anymore.

  • @masterlon

    it doesn't even ask the user for the permission!
    I'm afraid there's no such checkbox anymore.

    There is a checkbox. I just downloaded the installer and checked right before posting this. As I said above its in the options of the installer. If you had 'Import bookmarks and data from the default browser' check then that is exactly what it will do.

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