Improve Web Security by Using Chrome’s Auto-Generated Passwords
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.
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:
- Open Chrome.
- Type chrome://flags in the Omnibox and press Enter.
- Scroll down to Password generation.
- Select Enabled from the dropdown box.
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.