Tip: Google’s password manager has gotten significantly better

Many have let Chrome and Android save login details for websites and apps, so they can be filled in automatically. Although the passwords were saved, Google previously did not offer it management as expected from a password manager.

Nowadays, however, Google’s password manager could replace stand-alone services like LastPass and 1Password, for those who don’t have too many requirements. The advantage for those who already have their passwords saved in Google is that the login details do not need to be scattered and thus potentially more vulnerable.

Google’s password manager lists all saved logins and allows users to edit and search them. New login information can be added manually if desired. Google may check the passwords to see if any passwords are exposed, or if passwords are reused or weak.

If a service is exposed to a leak, Google can notify you automatically, so that the password can be changed. The passwords can be exported if users want to change password managers or get another one on the side.

When using Google’s password manager, autofill can be usefully enabled, so that Android can fill in passwords automatically in apps. The password manager is accessed from settings > passwords and accounts > Google. Those who want can put the password manager on the home screen by pressing the gear wheel in the upper right corner and choosing “add a shortcut to the home screen”.

By creating a passphrase the passwords can be made even more private as they are encrypted with their own code, which, however, means that the passwords cannot be displayed on the web (because Google cannot read the data). The code also needs to be entered each time synchronization is activated in Chrome on a new device. How it is done is described on this support page.

Source: Swedroid by swedroid.se.

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