Keeping passwords saved in Chrome is a common password management strategy that at first appears convenient and secure. If you primarily use Google Chrome to browse the web, then on the surface it makes sense to store passwords in Chrome as well.
Chrome has a synchronization (sync) mechanism that keeps your
Chrome bookmarks and passwords available on different devices you use - smart
phones, tablets and computers. It can also log you into websites
automatically by using passwords you saved inside it.
This may work well for you, which is why I created the articles on this page to help you manage passwords within the Chrome ecosystem. Here you can learn how to find, view, import, export and delete passwords saved in Chrome.
On the other hand, you may find working with passwords saved in Chrome lacking. If you're curious about what else is available that can make managing passwords easier and more secure (and have passwords available to all computer programs and not only Firefox), skip down to the next section.
If you're primarily using Google Chrome to browse on the Internet, it is natural to start saving passwords in Chrome, because since Chrome stores your passwords it can log you into websites automatically.
This password management method has several disadvantages:
If you use multiple web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, etc.), having passwords readily available in all of them becomes a problem, because all your passwords are saved only in Google Chrome.
It is also difficult or impossible to:
You may also find Chrome password security inadequate. After all, web browsers are created for surfing the web, not for storing passwords. They are giant pieces of software, very complex and likely full of bugs (software defects, including security flaws). You may feel uncomfortable storing passwords in a web browser.
Finally, you may feel uncomfortable with Google, a large technology corporation with a business model that doesn't treat private user information nicely. They have access to everything you use across the entire Alphabet (Google's parent company) ecosystem of services (Gmail, YouTube, Search), and know a great deal about your online life. If trusting them with passwords makes you nervous, you may feel more comfortable with a different solution.
Password managers can also log you into websites automatically, but they have additional convenience and security advantages as well.