Google strengthens the security of its password manager and unifies its interface

Google’s password manager now benefits from a single interface on all devices. It can now generate complex passwords on iOS and alert all users when a compromised password has been detected.

Google continues to improve its password manager. The company has just unveiled several new features that should simplify its use. The tool, accessible both in Android Settings and in those of the Chrome application, did not display the same interface until now.

A unified interface

Faced with questions from users who complained about finding the same information in two totally different places, Google decided to unify the interface of its password manager. It is now the same whether you access it in Chrome or from your Android smartphone settings.

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In addition, if you use several different identifiers and passwords for the same site or the same application, Google has chosen to group them together to facilitate navigation in the access keychain.

Complex Passwords on iOS and Password Checkup for Everyone

To ensure that iOS users who have chosen to adopt Chrome’s password manager always use perfectly secure passwords, Google is introducing a complex password generator on the iPhone.

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On Android, the password verification module is also evolving. Now, in addition to detecting compromised usernames and passwords, it identifies weak passwords that have been reused on several sites and prompts you to change them.

Google wants to be sure that users of its password manager are fully protected. To do this, the American company is extending its alert system in the event of detection of compromised identifiers to users of Chrome on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux.

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Manual additions and “Touch to login”

While Google’s Keychain knows how to save usernames and passwords when you first enter them in a login window, you can now also add them manually.

After introducing an auto-fill password feature, Google this time inaugurates Touch-to-login on Android. With this system, a pop-up containing your usernames and passwords is automatically displayed when you place the cursor in a connection field. You then only have to validate the use of the saved login and password to connect.

The Californian firm finally seems to have become aware of the shortcomings of its tool and has, in recent weeks, multiplied the novelties. At the end of June, Google inaugurated a new option on Android to display a shortcut to its password manager on the home screen. A few days later, the Californian company updated its Chrome Web browser to version 103 and inaugurated on iOS the possibility of choosing its default password manager in the auto-fill module on the iPhone.

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