The most common password manager that all of us, knowingly or unknowingly, use in our day-to-day lives.
Google Password Manager does all the entry-level jobs of a traditional password manager, i.e., saving passwords and auto-filling info.
But the best thing about this free tool of Google is the ease of work it offers. You’re not required to download any app or browser extension or even create an additional account for it.
A Google account (which all of us have) and Google Chrome browser (again, which all of us use) are enough to get you up and running.
But now the most important question is: can Google Password Manager can really replace a conventional password manager?
Well, the answer lies in its capabilities and defects, and that is what I have explained in the following sections.
Google Chrome Password Manager Pros
#1. With Google Chrome Password Manager, you can get up and running in no time, and that’s the most significant benefit of this tool.
Unlike a standard password manager, no need to download any app, create an account, or add an extension.
Just open the Google Chrome browser, which all computers have by default, and sign in with your Google account. And you’re good to go!
#2. The form capture and auto-fill feature of this tool are much better than even the very best password managers.
Everything happens automatically. As you sign in or sign up to any site for the first time, Google Chrome asks you whether you want to save the credentials or not.
Click ‘Save’ to save the password or hit ‘Never’ if you never want to see the option again for that site.
Similarly, it’s dead-simple to see or remove any of your passwords. Just go to ‘Settings’ and enter the ‘Passwords’ section.
There you can see all the credentials you saved and to remove one, just click on the ellipses (three verticle dots) of any entry and select ‘Remove’.
now, under this same ‘Password’ section, make sure you have the “Auto-fill” option on to experience the lightning-fast speed and accuracy of the service. If it’s ‘off’ (as it is in my case), turn the slider ‘on’.
For example, after saving my Facebook account login details, when I returned to the site, it automatically filled my login fields in a jiffy. That too, without me having to move even my finger.
Similarly, when you sign up for a service or fill a web form, or do online shopping, the Chrome manager always shows suggestions relevant to that specific field.
And with a single click, all your personal information or payment details are filled.
In short, you can say that Google Chrome Password Manager is the best in the auto-filling section. Period.
#3. Google Chrome doesn’t come with any device restrictions, and neither does its password manager.
You can use it on all the devices where you use the Chrome browser. And just like any other program, you can sync your data across the devices you own or make a backup in Google Drive.
Google Chrome Password Manager Cons
#1. Chrome Password Manager has more flaws than benefits when you compare it with other password managers.
And the most significant concern among them is security.
Yes, Google Chrome is not as secure as a cutting-edge password manager software. Because it depends on your computer’s local encryption system to encrypt your sensitive data.
No AES 256-bit encryption, no PBKDF2, or any other dedicated system that traditional programs use. And that makes your data a soft target for hackers.
And this single reason is enough to ward-off users and consider other options.
#2. Anyone who can get his/her hands on the browser can see your passwords. Because there’s no two factor or multi-factor authentication available to prevent such uninvited guests.
#3. You can’t share your passwords with others or check how strong they are.
And the worst thing is, Google Chrome can’t help you come up with random, strong passwords that even a low-class, cheap program can offer.
#4. No internet means no activity on Google Chrome. Thus, it’s useless when you’re offline.
You can just see your passwords or remove them. But you can’t make use of them when you’re not connected to the internet.
Google Chrome Password Manager pricing and payment methods
Google Chrome Password Manager is free for everyone. There are no hidden costs, neither it has a paid version.
Do I recommend Google Chrome Password Manager?
I really appreciate the effort of Google and even use the tool to store unimportant passwords. But to be honest, I will never recommend relying on this free service because it’s not a conventional password manager.
But never ever save your sensitive credentials in Chrome password manager because it’s not secure. Plus, a list of disadvantages come with this tool that literally force you to opt for another option.