Google’s Password Manager gets major usability updates

In a move that is sure to worry other suppliers, Google has rolled out a massive batch of updates to its password management service. With this release, users benefit froma more unified and identical password management experience in Google Chrome and Android.

Additionally, if you have multiple passwords for the same sites or apps, Google will automatically group them together, and users can also create a shortcut on their Android home screen to access their passwords with a single tap.

In addition to providing a more consistent experience across all platforms, Google has also implemented a new set of protections around password security. For example, users will now have the option to generate passwords for their iOS apps when choosing Chrome as their autofill provider.

And if Google Chrome could already check the security of passwords automatically when you enter them on a site, it will now allow you to check them in bulk thanks to Password Checkup.

We will now report not only compromised credentials, but also weak and reused passwords on Android“, explains the firm. “If Google warns you about a password, you can now fix it using Google’s automatic password change feature on Android“.

A real password manager

In addition, Google expands compromised password warnings to all Chrome users on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux.

The latest update also packs even more features to ease the login inexperience. Google now offers Touch-to-Login on Android, a feature that will make logging in even faster by allowing you to securely log into sites directly from the overlay at the bottom of your screen. Indeed, passwords may well be on the way out anyway if Google’s rivals are to be believed. At WWDC 2022, Apple announced a new service called Passcodes, which replaces passwords with secure biometric authentication.

Although it offers a feature set increasingly comparable to standalone third-party password managers, Google seems reluctant to turn its password manager into a standalone app.

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