Google Chrome has been working for some time to improve the password manager that is included in the browser and that, working as a service, allows us to recover the keys from any device in which we log in with our Google account. It started, at the time, as a simple store for them, but over time it has been adding functions and more functions, to the point that today it can already compete with many independent personal key management services.
Google recently announced the renewal of the Google Chrome password manager, with the intention of making its use easier, which happens, among other things, for improving the unification of the interface on the different platforms. And, since Google Chrome is available for multiple operating systems, both for computers and devices, it makes a lot of sense to try to provide an experience that is as consistent as possible between them.
Shortly before, we learned that we will be able to use saved passwords in Google Chrome on iOS, as well as that the browser will automatically renew exposed passwords, and further back in time, we also saw how it included a warning when using weak passwords, and also the possibility of edit saved keys. It is clear that Google is interested in us trusting its key manager and, consequently, is constantly working to improve this feature.
And now we have a new sample of it. As we can read in MSPoweruser, Google is testing an indicator of the strength level of passwords when we create them. Another function that we can already see both in key managers and in some web pages when registering, and that, when added to the browser functions, will provide us with this metric whenever we register in any online service.
The function, although not yet present, can be “activated” (we understand by the time it’s released) in Google Chrome Canary, where it can be found with the Password Strength Indicator flag. That the possibility of activating it has already been incorporated tells us, however, that we may not have to wait too long until the function is ready to arrive in Canary and, therefore, be released for users of the view version. Google browser preview.
Although the common industry has been pointing out for years that passwords are not a secure authentication system, there is still no alternative that aims to become its substitute. Biometric identification systems also have their weaknesses, and when it comes to 2FA and MFA authentication, there are also critical points of view with them. So, until that long-awaited alternative arrives, new features like this Google Chrome password manager are, without a doubt, to be appreciated.