Improve Web Security by Using Chrome’s Auto-Generated Passwords
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Despite recently discovered Wi-Fi vulnerabilities like KRACK, the odds of your password being compromised in real-time by a hacker are incredibly small.

Almost all password hacks come through two sources: brute force attacks (whereby an attack hits your account with tens of thousands of password combinations in the hope one works), and database hacks (when a company’s database of user data is breached).

Either way, unique passwords makes you more secure. A strong password like gW$4*9Ps£7! is much harder for a brute force attack to break than ILoveMyDog123, and using a series of unique passwords means all your other accounts will still be safe in the event of one compromised account.

LastPass is well-known for its password generator, and there are plenty of other online tools, but did you know you don’t need either? There’s a tool built right in to Google Chrome.

How to Enable Chrome’s Password Auto-Generator

The tool requires you to enable one of Chrome’s flags. Flags are experimental features and changing random settings could have adverse effects on your system, so proceed with caution. Here’s how to turn on Chrome’s password auto-generator:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://flags in the Omnibox and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down to Password generation.
  4. Select Enabled from the dropdown box.

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Now, every time Chrome sees a password field on a site, it will automatically suggest a random password in a drop-down menu. You can use it whenever you change your password or make a new account.

Make sure to make a note of the password on a piece of paper or in your password manager. Don’t save it in your browser — Chrome’s native password manager is not as secure as services like LastPass.

Have you used Chrome’s automatic password generator? Let us know in the comments below.

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