eIt is now easier to import your passwords to Google Chrome password manager from another manager as the tech company now adds biometric unlocking on desktops.
Google Chrome Password Manager
Google Chrome’s password manager very soon will be supporting biometric authentication on both PCs and Macs. The feature in question, which previously was only available on mobile, makes use of facial recognition or your fingerprint in verifying your identity just before Chrome fills out your passwords automatically.
This is very much ideal in the event that you share a computer with someone else and you don’t want Chrome to autofill your account passwords for anyone else but yourself. You will still however need a PC or Mac that comes with a fingerprint sensor or one that supports facial recognition to actually take advantage of the new feature, though. The company has stated that this very feature is “coming soon” on the desktop.
Google Password Manager Announcements
Google has also just announced that a couple of your stored passwords as well as the ability to import your passwords from another manager easily. And instead of just enabling a flag like you had to do prior to this, you can now upload a CSV file directly with your account details from another password manager via the settings menu of Chrome.
Additionally, there is now a dedicated space for the password manager available in the desktop version of Chrome that you can simply get access to by just clicking on the new Password Manager option directly from the Chrome menu or just by selecting Manage passwords when the prompt for Chrome to autofill your password appears on your screen. This means that you can now create a desktop shortcut that will lead straight to the password manager of Chrome, too.
Google lastly announced that it is making some small updates to the password manager of Chrome on iOS as well. That should reportedly include “a larger, more tappable prompt to autofill your passwords” along with a new feature that is within its Password Checkup tool on iOS that helps to flag weak and reused passwords.
Google Competing With Other Password Management Apps
And as Google looks to further compete with other password management apps such as 1Password and Bitwarden, it has also been doubling down on passkeys, which is a more secure, passwordless way to directly sign in to your accounts. The company after rolling out passkey support to Chrome in the latter parts of the last year, Google has since started allowing users to sign in to their Google accounts with passkeys. It has also started testing passkeys with Google Workspace as well as Cloud accounts in the early parts of this month.
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