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Google’s password manager gets killer upgrades for Chrome, Android, and IOS

The password security updates to Chrome and Android will roll out over the coming months.

- BY MARK HACHMAN

Google recently strengthen­ed its ambitions to become your only password manager ( fave. co/3lrkfrz) with several security updates across the Chrome and mobile, including IOS. Google said it will administer site logins on Android, create new passwords for those that may have been compromise­d, and more. Google declined to offer a timetable for these changes to be implemente­d, saying that they would roll out over the next couple of months.

Interestin­gly, Google said it would step

in to manage passwords on iphones. You can already authorize Google to manage and store passwords on Android devices, of course, but Google said it will offer iphones the same capability. With Apple’s tendency to strictly manage apps and their implementa­tion on IOS, Google seems to be sidesteppi­ng Apple by moving some of this functional­ity to its browser.

Android, though, remains Google’s playground, and you’ll see several password-specific improvemen­ts arriving on Android phones. For one, Google today offers the capability to autofill passwords for various sites by taking your username and auto-filling the password. Google said it will add an improvemen­t called touch-to-fill over the coming months, automatica­lly logging you in via just a touch, that will simplify the process slightly further.

If you’d like to manage your existing passwords, Google will allow that, too:

You’ll be able to add a shortcut to your stored passwords on your Android phone’s homescreen—though not in IOS, Google said. Google is also improving its automated password checker. Google already periodical­ly looks at your passwords and determines if they’re on a list of breached credential­s ( fave. co/3cgalru). If so, it recommends that you change them. The improved Password Checkup feature will now allow you to change those passwords without going through the site’s password update process, which usually relies on emailing passcodes back and forth. Warnings about compromise­d passwords will now be sent to Chrome users on Android, Chrome OS, IOS, Linux, and Windows.

Users will also be able to manually add their own existing passwords to Google’s password manager, too, Google said.

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Google will add touch-to-fill capabiliti­es to Android in coming months.
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Chrome automatica­lly saves your passwords.

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