Saving passwords in your browser can be a time saver as it gives you quick access to websites or online portals you sign into every day. But there is always a catch!
When you need to copy a password via the password manager in most browsers, you have to make it visible first, exposing it to prying eyes. Now Google Chrome is set to enforce some level of privacy to your secret combinations when you are transferring them to another service or application on Windows 10.
Chrome to have a copy password feature
A note by a Google Chrome dev team member indicates that a future version of the browser will let you copy your saved passwords to the clipboard without first revealing them to bystanders.
This change adds a “Copy password” menu item to the Password Settings in Chrome and adds a relevant string. So far clicking the button is a no-op, actually copying the password will be implemented in a future CL.
How the stealth, straightforward copy function might work
You can copy your saved credentials in Chrome via the browser’s built-in password manager. Simply type chrome://settings/passwords into the address bar to quickly get there.
Currently, copying your secret combination begins with clicking the eye icon or Show password button. Next, you have to highlight the visible characters in the password box to the right of your email address (or username).
You then right-click and choose copy. The entire process is a bit lengthy.
When the password privacy feature comes into effect in Chrome, you will no longer have to click the eye icon to copy passwords. Instead, you will be utilizing a stealth and more straightforward process.
Google has not revealed how exactly you may access or use the feature once it is available in Chrome. One way they could implement it is by including copy password alongside the details and remove options, which come up when you click the three small dots next to the eye icon.
The browser currently lets you export saved passwords in bulk for use with other applications.
Recently, Google announced that it is working to make Chrome more energy efficient on your Windows 10 PC. Its move to protect your saved passwords from prying eyes is certainly another step in the right direction.