Multiple profiles and misterious "auto-login"

  • (So, I know that the title of the post is weird, but I can't find a better description.)

    I'm using Opera 30.0.1835.88 with two different profiles: "Main" and "Study". For this, i'm using the Chromium switch/flag "--user-data-dir".

    So, some days ago I deleted all the files inside the profile folders, this because I was having an issue with the "ctrl + tab" behavior. But, when I was doing the profile set up again for "Main", I navigated to facebook and to my surprise (in a newly profile) I was already logged into the site! Just to clarify: it was the very first access (no prior login) with the "new" profile, I wasn't logged to "My Opera Account", neither LastPass auto-login is active.

    I must admit that this freaked me out! So, I deleted cookies and cache (duh), closed opera, and started again, and this time (thankfully) I wasn't logged to facebook.

    One thing to notice is that almost every website in which I was logged before the delete of the former profile files, when I access into them I was already logged.

    Anyway, as I said: I deleted all the cookies and cache, and tried to no to think on that.

    And I started to configure the other profile (Study). And this time I done a little experiment: I accessed into facebook first.

    To my surprise, I already was logged in! So, WTF is going on here? After that I tried to do another experiment, I log off facebook on that profile, closed opera, and started "Main Profile" and, ta-da, I was also logged off!

    So, somehow the two profiles were sharing information among them. I want to stop it, no matter what it costs.

    As I said i'm using Opera 30, on a Windows 7 x64 machine. The flags used on the shortcuts are "launcher.exe --disk-cache-size=15728640 --user-data-dir="C:\Users\root\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Study.profile"

    So, if anyone have an idea, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance.

  • And yes, I made a mistake on the post title, is "mysterious" not "misterious" (I think I was thinking on Spanish when writing that - Spanish is my first language). But, since I can't edit it, I was in a hurry to make this "errata" comment.

  • Do you use another browswer? When you install Opera, it imports some data from your default browser.

  • Good morning,

    Well, yes... I use Firefox on the same machine (again, with 2 different profiles). I was not aware of the "auto-importing" stuff as I was expecting to see a screen/popup/message asking me if I want to do that, I wasn't expecting an automated process...

    On the other hand, I tried to see if Chrome does the same (you know, for the Chromium relation between Opera and Chrome), and oddly enough it only imports some data from IE without ask (in my test only imported the browse history).

    Anyway, it wold be great if that process weren't automated, or at least when creating a new profile Opera ask to user if want to import data from another browser...

  • I was not aware of the "auto-importing" stuff as I was expecting to see a screen/popup/message asking me if I want to do that, I wasn't expecting an automated process...

    Its not automated. Its a setting in the Opera installer. If you just blinding click install without checking the options first then it will import information from your other web browsers. Always check the options of configuration of any installer. Not doing so is a great way to get crapware piggyback installed on your computer. I'm a computer tech that does mostly residential service and I'd say that 60-70% of my calls are because of stuff like that.

  • So how do you stop this from happening. I just updated Opera now find that I'm being automatically logged in to my financial accounts. I don't care that this could have been avoided and I should have invested more time in the upgrade process. Just tell me how to turn this off before I uninstall Opera and get back to it when I have the time.

  • @jerryemerydelacruz

    I don't care that this could have been avoided and I should have invested more time in the upgrade process. Just tell me how to turn this off before I uninstall Opera and get back to it when I have the time.

    No need to get short with me. This is the first time you've taken part of this conversation so its not like I was withholding information from you or anything.

    Go to Settings > Managed saved passwords. Delete everything and then turn it off by unchecking the box next to 'Offer to save passwords I enter on the web'.

  • Its not automated. Its a setting in the Opera installer.

    Well, as I certainly agree with the general message of your response (especially on no doing a "blinding click install"), I should note that the scenario that I was describing (or was trying to describe) is on an already installed Opera (installed several months ago).

    And, on this existing installation, what I was doing was the setup two different profiles, using the flag "--user-data-dir=" on a couple of shortcuts.

    That's why I considered weird to see some sites with my user already logged in.

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