Chrome’s cross-device sync is one of the things that makes it so popular, but it’s not without its issues. For example, you may not want Google to have all of your browser data. Fortunately, you can encrypt your synced data by adding a passcode.
What is Chrome Sync?
Here’s all the information Chrome stores in your Google account with sync turned on:
- History and open tabs
- Payment information
- Names, addresses and telephone numbers
- Settings and preferences
This data is all backed up to your Google account, which means the search giant can access it too. You can create a sync passphrase to encrypt this data so that Google cannot read it.
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The sync passphrase can be set from Chrome on the Windows 1
Warning: You will need to reset Chrome sync if you ever choose to disable the passphrase. This will delete all Chrome data associated with your account.
Add a sync passphrase in Chrome on Windows and Mac
First, select the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the Google Chrome web browser and choose ‘Settings’ from the menu.
Then click on “Sync and Google Services” under the “You and Google” section.
Note: You must have sync enabled to continue.
Expand “Encryption Options” by clicking the down arrow on the right.
Click the radio button for ‘Encrypt synchronized data with your own sync passphrase’.
After clicking the button, two text boxes will appear below. Enter a passphrase in the first box and confirm it in the second box. Click “Save” when you are done.
That is it. The passphrase is now required when you sign in to a new Chrome browser and enable sync.
Add a sync passphrase in Chrome on Android, iPhone and iPad
The process is very similar to Android, iPhone and iPad. First, open the Chrome mobile web browser, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right or bottom right corner and select ‘Settings’.
Then tap on ‘Sync and Google services’ at the top of the menu.
Now select ‘Manage sync’. Make sure Sync is turned on before doing this.
At the bottom of the screen, select ‘Encryption’.
Choose ‘Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase’.
Enter a passphrase in the first text box and reenter it in the second box. Tap “Save” or “Send” when you are done.
Note: You don’t need to enable this on every device you use with Chrome. Once you enable it on one device, it will be translated to other devices as well. You will be asked to enter your passphrase to continue syncing.