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Protect Chrome sync with a custom sync passphrase



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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:

  • Bookmarks
  • History and open tabs
  • Passwords
  • 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.

RELATED: Turn sync on or off in Chrome

The sync passphrase can be set from Chrome on the Windows 1

0 or Mac desktop, iPhone, iPad or Android. We start on the desktop.

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.

open the menu and select settings

Then click on “Sync and Google Services” under the “You and Google” section.

click sync and google services

Note: You must have sync enabled to continue.

Expand “Encryption Options” by clicking the down arrow on the right.

expand encryption options

Click the radio button for ‘Encrypt synchronized data with your own sync passphrase’.

click the radio button

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.

enter and save a passphrase

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’.

select Settings

Then tap on ‘Sync and Google services’ at the top of the menu.

tap sync and google services

Now select ‘Manage sync’. Make sure Sync is turned on before doing this.

select manage sync

At the bottom of the screen, select ‘Encryption’.

select encryption

Choose ‘Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase’.

enable the passphrase

Enter a passphrase in the first text box and reenter it in the second box. Tap “Save” or “Send” when you are done.

enter and save the passphrase

You’re 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.




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