The idea of a world without passwords used to be a dream. But as we come closer to realize that, we now have services that securely store all our passwords under one master password. It is a convenient way to keep our accounts safe without having to remember all their details. And there's no reason to be scared ̵
Some people may be a bit reluctant to use a recommendation from Chrome's built-in password manager for another service, such as LastPass. Google has been focusing for a while on privacy and security features on their platforms and services. For example, their goal to increase user safety is a top priority for the new Android 10 update, which will be released to the public soon.
Google & # 39; s security work sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves, because they often implement new unique functions. For example, you can now log in to your Google account and services with your fingerprint via the Chrome for Android app. This means that you will soon be able to use your fingerprint to log in to other accounts on the internet, just like you do with apps on your phone.
This is exactly the step forward that we need for an online connected world without passwords. However, it will take a while before we see the feature for each individual website and service. Until then I will explain how you can use Chrome password management. Follow along with the guide to learn how to manage your passwords for both convenience and security.
Step 1: Make sure Google is set to automatically enter passwords
The first thing to do is check if your Google account is the default password completion service for AutoComplete. This means that you must use Android 8.0 or higher. If you have used a third-party service such as LastPass, you must reset it on your Google account before continuing.
The easiest way to change this is to open your system settings, tap the search box, and then search for the term "auto-complete". Tap the Autofill service item and then tap the "Autofill service" section in "Language and input" to reach your final destination. Tap the & # 39; Google & # 39; to activate the service and then press the back arrow once to return to the previous screen.
What is one of the best things about using Google services to automatically enter and manage passwords with Chrome? Of course they can be locked behind biometric data with your fingerprint! Since the fingerprint data is stored locally on your device, the security level is much higher than before. Every time you edit or change something with a password, you will be prompted to scan a fingerprint.
Since different Android skins store their security settings in different parts of the system settings, you must find them on your device. However, use the search box in your settings again to quickly access everything. Search for "fingerprint" and you should immediately find the security settings. Set that now if necessary and you can continue.
Now that Google is set to the AutoComplete service and your fingerprint protection is correct, it is time to use the password saving feature! The basic process is simple – simply store passwords in your Google account when prompted, and the next time you log in to that app or website on your phone, you'll be asked to verify your identity by scanning your fingerprint. Simply scan your finger and the password will be entered automatically.
When you first log in to an account on the internet or in an app, you will be asked to save your password. Confirm your choice to save the password by simply tapping "Save" and it will now be securely saved and encrypted in your account.
Passwords that you have previously saved in Google Chrome – on mobile or on desktop – are automatically included under the saved passwords that you can use to log in to apps on your phone.
When creating a new account, you want to also start using the new password system for random generations that comes with the AutoComplete function. Whenever you need to create a password for a new account on Android, you will see a key icon appear on that keyboard. If you tap this, the "Set strong password" function is displayed, which you must then select.
After you randomly generate a password and create the account , it is stored in your account just like any other password. Do the same with all new accounts and eventually update your old accounts with a randomly generated password. If all your primary accounts have random passwords and are locked behind your fingerprint, you have a strong barrier!
If you want easy access to your saved passwords for viewing or editing, Chrome has you covered. Open the Chrome for Android app, tap the three-dot menu, and then go to & # 39; Settings & # 39 ;. Locate the & # 39; Passwords & # 39; and from here you will find all saved passwords that you currently have. You can even tap the search icon in the upper right corner to easily find specific apps or services.
When you tap the item for one of the accounts, you will be taken to the main page with the name of the website, the username and the password for that account. Of course the password is blocked, but the two icons next to the "Password" section are useful. Tap the eye icon to reveal the password and the clipboard icon on the right copies the password.
If you select one of these options, your fingerprint verification will be asked to confirm that you are trying to access the password. After you confirm your biometric data, your password will be revealed or copied to the clipboard in the same way.
If you want to make changes to your passwords at any time , on the main password page in Chrome, tap "View and manage saved passwords in your Google account". This takes you to the actual Password Management section of your Google Account, where you perform the edits. You must confirm your login details for the Google account before making any changes here.
When you combine all the security features that Google has put on the table last year, offering a new level of data encryption and locking passwords with your biometric data, you can be sure that your data is reasonably secure. Thanks to all these things together, it is even much safer than you could ever have if you were still using the old password method of the past. Stay protected there!
This article was created during Gadget Hacks special reports about the use of your smartphone to increase productivity. View the entire Productivity series.
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