Up until now, anyone with access to your PC could view all of your saved passwords in Chrome by pointing the browser to chrome://settings/passwords, but that changes in the newest build of Chromium, the open-source project that Chrome is based on. When the update eventually makes its way to the official version of Chrome, the browser will prompt users to reauthenticate using the Windows user password before showing any saved passwords.
If you’re anxious for an improved password manager, you can check out Chrome Canary, which is essentially the newest possible version of Chrome. Be warned, however, that has a test build, it can be buggy or crash entirely. There’s no word on how long we will have to wait before the new password feature reaches the official Chrome build.
In the battle between the Internet browsers, this update brings Chrome one step closer to competing with Firefox, which uses a “master password” to hide all of the saved passwords. Many Windows users had complained in the past that Chrome would show anyone the saved passwords without any sort of protection, especially since the reauthentication feature came to Mac users about a month ago.
Is this update enough to get you to switch to Chrome? Or will you be sticking with Firefox or Internet Explorer? Let us know in the comments.
Source: François Beaufort Google+