Save, View and Remove Passwords in Chrome Password Manager
Managing all of your online passwords is a hectic task. In order to reduce your burden and improve productivity, browsers like Google Chrome includes a built-in password management feature that you can use for your convenience. Chrome will prompt you to save the passwords whenever you login to a site and later it fills out login fields automatically, saving your time and effort. If you are browsing the web each day, you will want to complete everything as soon as possible. Using Chrome’s built-in password manager tool, you can access any website needing login access quickly and easily without the need of remembering hundreds of passwords. Learn more about managing passwords in Firefox.
1. AutoSaving Your Password
Whenever you login to a website, Chrome by default will ask you to save the username and password. Open the preferred website with Google Chrome and start the signing in process. Type in your username and password and Chrome will offer you to save the password, click Save.
You can click on the eye button to preview the password. Click on the save button to store the password in Chrome password manager. Chrome will use the credentials to speed up future access by automatically fill in the login details of the website.
Chrome address bar will show you a key icon when Chrome has a stored password for that site. You can click on the key icon and login to the site or remove the password by choosing “X” mark.
2. Chrome Password Manager
All saved usernames and passwords along with all never saved sites are saved in Chrome password manager tool. Follow the below steps to go password manager in Chrome:
- Click the three vertical dots icon at the top right corner of your browser and choose “Settings”.
- Scroll down the page and click on “Advanced” option.
- Under “Passwords and Forms” section, choose “Manage passwords”
3. Enable or Disable Auto Saving of Passwords
Instead of saving password when prompted, you can also click on “Never” button to stop storing the password. Chrome will remember your preference and will never ask to save password again for that site. But this will work only for that particular site and Chrome will keep prompting to save password when you login to all other sites.
When you are in Chrome password manager, switch off the “On” option to disable auto saving of passwords.
This will completely disable Chrome password manager tool. Henceforth, Chrome will not prompt you to save the password when you are logging into the sites. You can anytime go back to the settings and switch on the option again.
4. Auto Sign-in to Websites
Chrome users the username and password to automatically log into the sites when you go to the login page. But this works on very few sites and on most of the other sites, Chrome will only fill the credentials. You need to manually confirm the login by clicking on the login button to get inside the site.
Disable the “Auto Sign-in” option in password manager to completely disable the automatic signing in. you should always confirm the username and password manually before logging into the sites. You should disable this when you have multiple login details for the same site. And also you have separate credentials for subdomains and main domain of the same site. In this case, you can click on the username field and select from the suggested usernames to confirm the login using that id.
5. View Saved Passwords in Chrome
Chrome makes it easy for you to log into any website, if you have saved the usernames and passwords before. Once you save the information, it will be stored on the backend database. There are many ways to view the stored passwords.
When you are in password manager, click on the passwords.google.com link. Sign in with your Google account to see all the passwords associated with your account.
Second option is to look for the site under “Saved Passwords” section in password manager. Chrome will display a list of websites with stored login information under “Saved Passwords” section. Click on the eye-shaped icon to reveal the hidden password for each website. You should enter the administrator password of your computer to view the first saved password. The second site onwards you can click the eye icon and see the password without admin password.
There is another tricky way to look for the password from the backend of Chrome. Chrome stores your login information in a light database format called SQLite. The name of the database file in Windows is “Login Data” which is available under “C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default”.
It is possible to view the stored details of your login information by opening the DB file. Use a DB browser tool or Chrome extensions to view the SQLite DB file. Remember, the password field will be encrypted so it may not be visible without admin password.
You can also try with extensions like ShowPasword to find the hidden passwords on mouse over.
6. Remove Saved Passwords in Chrome
If you have changed your passwords or stopped using the website, it’s a good idea to remove old passwords from Chrome for security and practical reasons. On password manager, choose the site under “Saved passwords” section. Click on the “More actions…” button showing as three vertical dots and choose “Remove”. This will delete the saved password from Chrome.
You may also use the “Search passwords” text box to search for a specific site and delete the password.
7. Delete All Saved Passwords in One Click
If you want to completely remove all passwords from Chrome. Go to the “Privacy and security” section and click on the “Clear browsing data”. On the pop up window, click on the “Advanced” tab and check the “Passwords” option. Click on the “Clear Data” button to delete all saved password in one click.
8. Handling Never Saved Passwords
The “Never Saved” section will show you all those sites you have chosen not to have the password when prompted. Chrome refers the URL available under “Never Saved” section and stops prompting to save password.
If you want to save the password again, just remove the sites from the list. Chrome will prompt you to save the password, next time when you login to the site.
9. Extensions for Passwords
Although the built-in password manager for Chrome is quite useful, it still can’t compete with real password management extensions. Here are a few extensions that you may consider to use:
9.1. Dashlane – Password Manager
Dashlane is a password manager that encrypts and stores your password. It allows you to generate random passwords that will be difficult to break. It comes with an effective interface, so you can access passwords easily on any platform. If you decide to make your own password, Dashlane will analyze its strength. Dashlane is free when used only on a single device. You need to upgrade the extension to premium to sync passwords with multiple devices. You can choose to keep all login information locally, instead of in cloud storage, to improve security. Your information is AES-encrypted, so even if hackers manage to intercept your data, it will take too much effort to break, especially if you change passwords regularly.
9.2. Lastpass: Free Password Manager
Lastpass is a cloud-based password extension for Chrome and other web browsers. It is also available as mobile apps and desktop PC programs. It has a powerful mechanism and requires various two-factor authentications to prevent unauthorized individuals from breaking into your password vault. Your login information is encrypted and stored on Lastpass servers. The extension for your browser will encrypt and decrypt passwords as needed, so even people in Lastpass can’t see your passwords.
KeePass is for people who are not comfortable of getting their passwords stored in the cloud. Other than Chrome extension, KeePass is also available as mobile apps and desktop programs. Login information is stored locally in your computer, so it’s totally under your control. One problem with this, you need to be fully responsible with your password. If your laptop is stolen, it’s possible for people to have complete access to your accounts. You will also need to manually sync between your devices.
There are many KeePass Chrome extensions to retrieve the password from KeyPass database to Chrome.
10. Need of Password Management Tools
If you have a lot of login information for many websites, without Chrome password management feature, you will need to commit them to memory. However, letting Chrome to completely handle your passwords may not be an ideal solution as well. Here are benefits of using dedicated password management system:
- Chrome password management isn’t completely secure: As shown by the password retrieval procedure above, it is easy to get full access of your password. You need to have a solid management policy for your password and avoid leaving your credential easily accessible to others.
- Multi-factor authentication: Dedicated password management tool uses two factor authentication to protect your passwords. As an example, a random one time passcode is sent to your smartphone or you need to answer challenge questions before accessing passwords.
11. Protecting Chrome Password Security
It’s a big risk to ignore password management in Chrome. A single compromised password may lead to a huge financial disaster. Here are things you should do improve Chrome security:
11.1. Change Windows Password Regularly
When performing encryption on Windows OS, Chrome uses an API function that’s provided with Windows. The encrypted data will be decrypted only by specific user account. The master password is the password for your Windows account. So, once you are logged into Windows OS, Chrome can decrypt your password data.
This essentially means people and applications having access to your Windows user account password can view the password data from Chrome. By regularly changing your Windows password, it will be harder for people to discover your login information.
11.2. Use Strong Passwords
It is understandable that people create passwords that are quite easy to remember. Password cracking software is getting more sophisticated. It can gain information from your name, address, family member names, social media updates, personal interests and others to guess your potential passwords. If you find that randomly generated passwords are difficult to memorize, you should know how to make your own secure password. A good password must contain at least 12 characters with a good mix of lowercase letters, uppercase letters, symbols and numbers. Create your own pattern that makes passwords appear random but contain an algorithm that is completely unique to you.
11.3. Don’t Use Passwords Repeatedly
This is dangerous practice that’s still implemented by many people out there. If you use the Internet often, you may already have login information for dozens of websites. It’s a dangerous situation if you use the same password for your email, banking website, online payment service, online credit card account and others. If a single password is compromised, your entire online presence will crumble like a domino effect.
11.4. Protection Against Phishing Attacks
Phishing can be effective for stealing your login credentials, if you are not careful. Phishing email messages often look very authentic. When you open the link in the message, the fake login interface appears perfectly genuine as well. If the password management tool doesn’t automatically suggest login information, then there’s a good possibility that you are being targeted by a phishing attack. You can evaluate the website to see whether it is genuine or not.
12. Chrome Password Manager on iOS and Android
Similar to desktop Chrome version, you can choose to save or never save the passwords when logging into as website on your iOS or Android mobile. You can manage the saved passwords by navigating to “Settings >Save Passwords or Smart Lock for Passwords” section.