Not everyone knows that Google has its own Password Manager which lets you access your passwords from anywhere using any device. To have a secure online account, it is very important to keep a strong password and even more important it is to keep different passwords for different online accounts. But the problem comes when we have to remember all these passwords. Strong passwords are actually impossible to remember and that too when you have various accounts to manage.
We usually use a password manager in such scenario. But the issue with a password manager is that it is stored on our PC and what if we are out of town and need a password urgently? This is where the Google Password Manager becomes a savior.
You can save all your login details to Google Password Manager whenever you log in to any website using Google Chrome. Chrome, the web browser stores all your passwords and usernames and you can access them from anywhere using any of your devices just by signing into your Google account. Yes, that means, you at least have to remember one password for your Google account.
Smart Lock Google Password Manager
The Smart Lock service from Google is a secure app to store your passwords. Whenever we sign in to any website using Google Chrome, the browser asks for your permission to save the password for that particular website. If clicked yes, the browser saves all your login details in the password manager and syncs it to your Google account, thus allowing you to access them from anywhere.
Smart Lock doesn’t only saves your passwords but also helps you keep signed-in to some apps bypassing the login screen entirely. It auto-fills your login details on apps as well as on the websites viewed with Chrome. So there is no need to remember the passwords anymore.
However, you can turn the auto-sign-in off if you are not comfortable with it. Remember that not all of your Android apps are supported by Smart Lock.
How does Smart Lock Google Password Manager help
The feature saves your login credentials, recognizes them and auto-fills all your login details across devices. So even if you buy a new device and download the apps anew on it, Smart Lock helps you logging into all your accounts real quick.
Everytime you open an app for the first time to log in, you will notice a blue Google sign-in bar beside. It is a gateway to securely connect your Google account to the apps or services. It reduces your burden to fill in the login credentials separately in each app.
How to check passwords with Google Password Manager
- Using Web Browser on PC: Once you are logged into your Google account via passwords.google.com, you can see your all saved passwords along with the user IDs. The passwords by default are hidden under the asterisks, but you can view them just by clicking on the eye icon beside. The password manager syncs with Google Chrome so you can check all your passwords with your web browser.
- Chrome Mobile Apps: Password manager also syncs with Chrome mobile apps so that you can check all your passwords on your Android or iOS Apple devices too. You will need the Chrome browser app for this.
Does this mean, that anyone who knows your Google account password can access all your passwords?
Yes, anyone knowing your Google account password can easily check all your login details using passwords.google.com, but there is a way out.
To avoid any kind of breach of your online security, it is very important to enable the 2-step verification system in your Google account. This security feature sends you an alert whenever your Google account is accessed from a new machine or a new browser, and the account can be accessed only when you click YES from your connected mobile device.
Since all your passwords are synced to your Smartphone too, Smart Lock strong recommends using a security lock of pin or password on your Smartphone.
Head over to passwords.google.com to check out the free service.