GOOGLE is plotting a major revamp of one of Chrome’s most popular security features.
An experimental version of the browser released to developers suggests that its password manager will soon allow you to add passwords manually for the first time.
The feature is common in other management tools such as 1Password and Apple’s Keychain.
Previously, Chrome wouldn’t let you log credentials yourself, meaning you had to wait until it offered to store them for you.
This didn’t always work perfectly, with the software sometimes not recognising you were entering new credentials into an app or website.
Now, it appears that Google is working on a way to add stuff to the manager manually.
According to Android Police, the upgrade was spotted by a Reddit user in Chrome 101, which is still in development.
The early version of the browser includes a buried option that lets you manually add passwords.
It will mean that you can add credentials without having to log in to a website or app on Chrome first.
Google has additionally been working on a way for users to add notes to any credentials stored in the database.
Chrome version 101 is expected to roll out to the wider user base later this year. Currently, most users are on version 99.
The password manager is embedded into Chrome and Google’s Android operating system.
It provides a platform where users can store, generate and manage their credentials for apps and websites.
Whenever you enter new credentials, the tool will offer to store them for you in a secure database.
It will also autofill logged usernames and passwords so you don’t have to remember them.
It’s not the only new Chrome feature that Google is working on.
And apparently, the browser’s next big update could cause problems for some websites.
The tech giant is warning that the web browser’s migration to a three-digit user-agent string could come with some bugs that could break or not display websites correctly.
Some websites are also expected to face compatibility issues with the upgraded web browser as they are not equipped to read new strings of code being introduced with the update.
In an attempt to preempt and mitigate this bug, as well as others, Google has been contacting individual developers for months before Chrome 100 is due to be released in March.
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