Browse Definitions :
Definition

autofill

Autofill, also called autocomplete, is a software feature that automatically inserts previously-entered personal information into web form fields for the user’s convenience. Autofill is often used by browsers, word processors and password managers to reduce the effort required to provide information that is frequently requested. Autofill is typically saved locally on the computing device it is used on. Popular fields of information completed by autofill include name, date of birth, age, address, credit card or banking information.

Autofill often organizes previously submitted content based on the field where users would begin entering information, such as a person’s name or organization. For example, if entering shipping information for an online purchase, the user can begin entering a name and the associated information will populate the remaining fields automatically, including a street address, town, state and zip code. 

As with many convenience features, there is a security risk inherent in the use of autofill. For example, a known hack employs hidden text boxes after the name field that can be made to autofill almost any data a user has previously entered. Most browsers allow users to disable the autofill feature to avoid such vulnerabilities.

This was last updated in January 2019

Continue Reading About autofill

SearchCompliance

  • information governance

    Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and ...

  • enterprise document management (EDM)

    Enterprise document management (EDM) is a strategy for overseeing an organization's paper and electronic documents so they can be...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • PKI (public key infrastructure)

    PKI (public key infrastructure) is the underlying framework that enables entities -- users and servers -- to securely exchange ...

  • obfuscation

    Obfuscation means to make something difficult to understand.

  • dumpster diving

    Dumpster diving is looking for treasure in someone else's trash.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

SearchStorage

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

  • cloud testing

    Cloud testing is the process of using the cloud computing resources of a third-party service provider to test software ...

  • storage virtualization

    Storage virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple storage devices into what appears to be a single storage ...

Close