If you are using Thunderbird as your email client and don't know to manually set a master password, then anyone with access to your computer can see your passwords in plain text! Don't believe me? Click the Edit menu, select Preferences, click the Privacy tab, then the Edit Saved Passwords button. Click the Show Passwords button and a new column will appear with the password of each email account shown in plain text.
To protect your passwords you need to set a master password on the Privacy tab of the Preferences window. The master password will be used to encrypt your passwords. Every time you open Thunderbird it will ask you to enter your master password before it will be able to communicate with mail servers.
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