Google an important step in the protection of your data. Starting today, Chrome is implementing an additional step at the user identification stage encrypting your passwords on the device. This feature turns your phone or computer into a key that is used to lock each password before it is stored in Password Manager. In practice, this means you’ll need the device to access it, so you’ll need to no one can use them without your consent.
On-device encryption is offered as an additional protective measure in Chrome. When enabled, users will need to unlock password using device security mechanism like fingerprint, PIN code, face recognition and more. Once you activate it, you can’t go back. Before doing so, you must therefore activate the account recovery options.
When on-device encryption is set up, your passwords can only be used on-device using your Google password or the screen lock of a compatible device. With on-device encryption, only you can access your passwords.
While encrypting your on-device passwords is an alternative to the rising tide of hacker attacks, it’s also a great way to protect your passwords. Phishing, also has its drawbacks. The most obvious is that auto-login won’t work on some sites, and if you switch phones, you’ll need to use your Google account to restore access.
Google’s New Encryption Has Some Downsides
The technician is very specific in his warning if you lose your password, you lose access to all your passwords.
The decision to migrate to a more secure system is due to the idea of eliminating conventional passwords and offers greater protection to the user. The current system encrypts passwords when sent over any network and when stored in Google.
The encryption key, which is used to access your passwords, is stored securely in your Google Account. Google then uses this key to access your passwords (i.e. to crack them) when:
- You can access it at passwords.google.com, on your supported devices, or in your Chrome browser settings.
- Your passwords are checked for security issues in Password Check.
How do I configure password encryption on the device?
To access this option it is advisable to enable account recovery options an essential step that must be activated in an emergency. Once this is done, you can enable password encryption on your device by following these steps.
- Open the password manager.
- Key configurationoption to configure encryption on the device.
- Go to Google Password Manager (passwords.google.com).
- Select settings.
- Select Configurator.
You can set up password encryption on your device from the web and in Chrome.
On the Web :
- Go to passwords.google.com.
- Click Settings.
- Click on the option to configure encryption on the deviceand Chrome
What happens if I lose my access to the device?
If you lose your Google password or can’t access your device because you forgot your PIN or can’t unlock it, say goodbye to your passwords. If you buy a new iPhone or Android, all you have to do is sign in to your Google account to get them back.