Many websites, whether it be email accounts or social media accounts tend to store your private information and as a result you require a username and password to gain access. As such, it’s very important that you choose passcodes that are very difficult to break. In fact, it is often advised that you should not re-use the same password on any website. This is because with the extensive number of online hacks many internet users experience on the internet these days, having alternate passwords for all your different social or personal accounts is an important security measure.
However, the problem with that is it can often be difficult to remember all your credentials. Luckily, by utilising the password storage functionalities that are found in all Mac browsers such as Google Chrome, having to constantly remember your passwords is now a thing of the past. As such, we decided to put together a quick and handy guide on how you can use the password manager in Chrome to make your life easier and keep your information secure at all times.
Saving Your Credentials In Google Chrome
You should first make sure that the option to save your passwords is active on your Chrome browser. Before you get started, make sure that your Mac is connected to a power source or is well charged and that you are comfortably seated to begin. On a side note, having a macbook pro standing dock is a convenient accessory to help you avoid any potential back problems whenever you are busy on your computer.
You can save your password details in Google Chrome by turning on the password saving feature in Settings, Autofill, then click Passwords. The option to save passwords will be there and you can turn it on. Once activated, whenever you are on a new website that requires password access, your browser will ask if would like to save your details for quicker access in the future. You can also decide to decline the save request, if you prefer not to save your password for a specific website.
Accessing The Saved Credentials
Google Chrome has a highly effective and reliable password storage system, as it automatically enters your saved details, whenever you visit a website for a second time or more. However, sometimes and for different reasons, you may need to check and confirm what the password is. When this happens, it’s very easy to access Chrome’s password manager by simply heading to:
- Search “Passwords”
- Autofill > Passwords
From there you should be able to access all your saved information and data. However, they will be hidden for security reasons, so you will have to input your Mac’s admin password to gain access.
How To Delete Saved Login Details
If you opt to remove your saved login details, whether it’s because the password is too important or perhaps you are afraid that someone may gain access to your computer, then you can also always erase the passcodes from the Chrome manager. Additionally, for security reasons it is sometimes better to periodically change your login details and also remove your current logins and replace them with new ones, as it is the safest thing to do. You can do this by following the directions in the image below.
Exporting Your Saved Login Details
If you need to transfer your private information from your manager, instead of copying them one at a time, then you can always export the whole list and store them somewhere else perhaps for backup purposes. in fact, this is very recommended because if you are away from your Mac, you can still access your login credentials remotely. In such cases owning a usb-c to sd card adapter would be very helpful.
You can export your private data by heading to Settings > Passwords. You should be able to find the Export option from there and you will then simply have to pick a folder where to save the spreadsheet .csv file. However, you should not export this data often, because it can be risky since .csv files aren’t usually encrypted.
Use A Third-Party Storage Application
Saving your login details in Google Chrome may be convenient, but it isn’t the safest option. In fact, using a more secure third-party app is actually recommended and they usually offer up more functionalities to help you better save your data. For example, if you need to access a website eg. bank website on your phone, but aren’t anywhere near your MacBook. In these situations, using a third-party storage app like Secrets.
This password application is very intuitive and will help you better organize all your credentials, generate complex passcode combinations and it also comes with very high encryption, which guarantees security for your private information. It is available on Google Chrome & Safari for Mac, as well as on iPhone, making it a convenient choice, even for those on the move.
As stated above, there are very many ways by which you can manage your private information, whether it be on the Chrome browser or even using a third-party app. Either way, you should always keep your login details secure to protect yourself from being hacked.