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November 4, 2013

Google Toughens Security for Saved Passwords in Chrome

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Many months after being ridiculed for its lack of security for saved passwords in Chrome, Google is adding some teeth to the process.

In a Google+ post, Google’s François Beaufort says the search engine firm will now ask users to reauthenticate themselves using a system password before gaining access to saved credentials within Chrome.

Here is the post:

There is a new experimental flag in the last Chromium Build for Mac that you might be interested in.
Once you’ve enabled the chrome://flags/#enable-password-manager-reauthentication flag, user who’s trying to reveal a plain text password in chrome://settings/passwords will be prompted to reauthenticate with the User Mac OS password.
When you are authenticated, you won’t need to reauthenticate anymore for one minute. 

The new feature is available only for the latest Chromium build for Mac. So far, there’s no indication Google will implement the feature inside Chrome for Windows, but it seems likely.