Billions of Chrome users receive important upgrade – and it stops you getting passwords wrong once and for all | The Sun

GOOGLE Chrome users have been urged to look out for an important update that stops you getting passwords wrong once and for all.

There is five brand new features on the way that are designed to make logging into all of your accounts a much smoother ride.

There's only so many times you can go through the 'forgotten password' process until something needs to change.

And with billions of passwords compromised in data breaches every year, it's risky to reuse them.

But password managers make remembering strong and unique passwords a less gruelling task – because it's not up to you to remember, Google does that bit for you.

Shortcut straight to the vault

With the new update, you'll be able create a shortcut that takes you directly to your password vault inside the Chrome browser page.


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Alternatively, you can check it out by opening Settings > Autofill and Passwords > Password Manager.

It'll be a one stop shop for all your security keys.

Save notes

Having multiple logins for one website won't confuse things, either.

You can save notes about your accounts inside the password manager.

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This is great for when you also need to remember a pin code that goes with a password.

On your computer, click the key icon when you're logging into a website to review the notes you've saved for each account.

Import from third-parties

The new update will let users import security codes from other third-party password managers – so everything's in the same place.

Inside the password manager will be a button to import passwords.

All you need to do is have them saved as a CSV file.

More authentication methods

You'll be able to keep all these passwords locked behind biometric keys, too – just like on your iPhone or Android – even if you're on your desktop.

"If you enable this feature, you can require an additional layer of security before Chrome autofills your password, like fingerprint recognition, facial recognition or other methods supported by your computer’s operating system," Google wrote in a recent blog post.

Google hasn't said when it will finally support this for PC users, but the company has confirmed the feature is "coming soon".

Find weak passwords

Finally, Google will alert you when a password has been compromised on iOS devices.

According to the tech giant, this will be landing "in the coming months".

This means it's likely part of Apple's recently unveiled iOS 17 which is forecast to be ready for install this autumn – or around September when the iPhone 15 is expected to hit the shelves.

Desktop users can already check whether their passwords are weak or not, but the feature is finally coming to those on iPhones and iPads.

However, it's important to note that Apple has already got this feature built into its devices.

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To check it out on your iPhone, simply open Settings > Passwords > Security Recommendations.

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