Google Chrome is rolling out new security features for its integrated Password Manager, providing users with improved password management capabilities and increased protection against account hijacking attempts.
Google has recently unveiled five new features that reinforce the security of data stored in its Password Manager, fortifying user protection against potential risks.
The first addition is a dedicated desktop shortcut for Google Password Manager, offering users quick access to their stored account credentials, autofill settings, and more.
Furthermore, biometric authentication, previously limited to mobile platforms, is now available on desktop devices. Users can opt for an additional layer of security by enabling biometric or Windows Hello authentication, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, before the password manager autofills site credentials.
An additional user-friendly feature allows users to save custom notes along with their saved logins, enabling the storage of supplementary information required for logging into an account. This feature proves beneficial for websites that necessitate additional login information, such as security questions or PINs.
Google also introduces the ability to import passwords from other password managers by exporting a CVS file from the previous tool and importing it into Chrome. Currently, Google Chrome supports password imports from Edge, Safari, 1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, and LastPass.
Lastly, the Password Checkup tool, which alerts users when their account credentials match known exposed passwords, now identifies weak and reused passwords on the mobile Chrome iOS app.
It is essential to note that storing passwords in a web browser entails inherent risks, as these credentials are often targeted and stolen by information-stealing malware. Such malware infections scan for installed browsers, gain access to the browser’s database, and pilfer credentials for subsequent attacks or sale on dark web platforms.
However, despite these risks, many individuals continue to utilize browser-based password storage due to its ease of use and persistent prompts to save passwords. Consequently, any improvements to the security of Google Password Manager are highly appreciated and have the potential to enhance the safety of millions of accounts.