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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 Which Browser Has The Better Password Manager? Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer Which Browser Has The Better Password Manager? Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer Although there are a variety of dedicated password management tools, every modern browser has its own built-in password manager. But just how good are the built-in password managers? We'll look at how each popular browser's... Read More , 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+


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  1. Jan F
    December 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    IPersonally I'm using a KeePass database together with the chromeIPass extension.
    Anyway, it is about time that Chrome adds some sense of security to it's password manager.

    • David
      December 18, 2013 at 6:18 am

      How do you get ChromeIPass to work with Chromium? I get it to work fine on my copy of Chrome, but not Chromium.

      I'm on WinXP Pro SP3.

    • Jan F
      December 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Sorry if I mislead you – I was being vague with my comment.

      I am of course using Chrome, not Chromium. It's just natural that changes in Chromium will come to Chrome, hence my comment.

      I don't know how or if you can get ChromeIPass to work in Chromium. Usually it's just an outdated KeePassHttp plugin. It may actually not be updated for the latest Chromium build.

  2. Prasad H
    December 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    doesn't matter when u have lastpass with you

  3. Hannibal
    December 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Never use a browser password save facility! They are inherently insecure. Use Lastpass. Far safer.

  4. Ramandeep S
    December 8, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I'm not going to use Chrome. Hogs Ram.

  5. ReadandShare
    December 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Can Chromium be installed -- or is it purely a portable app?