Every modern user has a huge number of accounts on various resources, including Google. Moreover, cybercriminals have learned to crack many passwords literally in two clicks. Every day a huge amount of information leaks online, so the need to create complex passwords is a necessity in today’s world.
However, if you have a huge number of different passwords on different resources, there’s a high probability that you’ll simply forget them, which means that a password manager in the 21st century is a necessary tool for secure work. When you use a password manager, there’s no need to specify the same access code for multiple sites. You can make them more complex by generating them through a program because you don’t have to remember this data.
Why you need saved passwords
A password manager is designed to make the process of entering passwords on various sites and apps easier. Accounts, personal accounts – all of these are used by Internet users to store personal information and access restricted areas of data. As part of security, it’s recommended to use different passwords for each profile to reduce the risks of possible hacking. And if you adhere to these rules, the amount of memorized information will increase along with registrations for new services. A password manager can essentially automate this process and save a lot of time. There are two reasons for this:
- Simplification of interaction with complex passwords, logins, emails, and other contact information;
- Security of activities on the global network and protection of all information through encryption.
Looking at the password manager from one perspective – it’s convenient. Various functions allow you to enter data manually and automatically, and copy and paste the right access code with just a couple of clicks. Convenient sorting and navigation and a quick search are necessary components of the password manager.
On the other hand, the program protects confidential data from unauthorized access. All the data is contained in a single file encrypted with a 128-bit code. To get to them, you need to enter the access code, which is often called the master password. It’s set when you create an account, and it becomes the main security barrier for your data.
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How to make Chrome save passwords
In fact, many people forget that the option to save passwords can be disabled altogether in the Chrome browser. That’s why the program doesn’t offer you to automatically save your passwords. Fixing this manually will allow you to have an active password manager. Here is how to do it:
- Open your Chrome browser on your computer.
- Click the three dots on the upper right corner of the screen.
- From the pop-up menu, choose “Settings.”
- Scroll down and under the heading “Autofill,” select the “Passwords” option.
- Make sure that the “Offer to save passwords” option is checked. Once you have done this, the slider should turn blue.
- You can now close the “Settings” tab on your browser.
You can also do this through your Google Account:
- In the browser bar at the top of your Google home page, type in: “passwords.google.com” and press “Enter.”
- The “Password Manager” page will open. From here, click the gear icon at the top right of the page.
- A “Settings” menu will open. Choose the “Offer to save passwords” option by sliding the toggle to the right. Once selected, it should turn blue.
- You can now close this tab on your browser.
As you can see, there’s nothing complicated about this process and now you know where you can manage passwords and other interesting browser options in Settings.
What about websites that won’t allow saving passwords to Chrome
Some websites allow browsers and password managers to save passwords for security purposes. For example, banking websites don’t allow browsers to do this. However, there are still loopholes that can be used to allow Chrome to remember the password on any website:
- Open your Chrome browser.
- In the address bar type in: ‘chrome://flags/#enable-password-force-saving’, then press “Enter.”
- Choose “Enabled” from the drop-down menu under the “Force-saving of passwords” option.
- Navigate to the bottom right of the page and click the blue “Relaunch” button.
- Now re-open your Chrome browser.
- Go to the website that usually prevents the “Save Password” pop-up and sign in to your account.
- Before logging in, right-click in the password box and choose the “Save Password” option.
- Chrome should now autofill your password for this page.
However, when using this option for sites that store important data for you and which can be stolen by criminals, you should expect high risks that this data can be stolen and your account can be hacked.
What to do if Google Chrome doesn’t save passwords, though offers to save them
This situation is more non-standard, it can occur on different operating systems: in my case, it’s Chromium on Linux, but a similar problem has also been reported for Google Chrome on macOS. Signs could be as follows:
- After logging into a website, the browser prompts me to save my password as usual.
- You click on the “Save” button.
- Chrome doesn’t show any errors, but the password isn’t saved:
- It’s not automatically entered the next time you access the site;
- Password isn’t displayed in the chrome://settings/passwords tab
However, it’s possible to solve the problem, even if it looks complicated at first, but it’s not. First of all:
- Exit Chrome
- Go to the directory where Chrome stores the user’s data – inside your home folder, in a directory that depends on your operating system:
- macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome
- Linux (Chrome): ~/.config/google-chrome
- Linux (Chromium): ~/.config/chromium
- Windows: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
- From there, go to the directory named Default if you want to fix your main profile, or to Profile 1 or Profile 2, etc. If you want to fix one of the additional profiles.
- Delete the Login Data, Login Data-journal, and Login Data 2-journal files.
- Repeat for the other profiles if necessary.
You’ll then have password saving enabled again. Note that if you have auto-sync enabled, you won’t lose your previously saved passwords. But if you had it disabled, the saved passwords will be lost – it’s unfortunate, but in fact, they were lost earlier because the files were corrupted or unreadable by the browser for another reason.
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Is cache clearing can help
The Chrome browser differs from other analogs by its wide functionality and usability. Therefore, it has cache files that help process large amounts of data faster and open cached pages of sites more quickly. But when these files get corrupted, they can crash. Then the browser stops executing certain user commands and doesn’t support a number of actions. To fix this problem, which can also affect password memorization, you need to:
- Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar and press Enter.
- Select the “Advanced” tab and the “All time” sub-item.
- Tick the first four checkboxes in the list and click on “Clear data“.
- After deleting the cache, you must restart the browser and continue to work, making sure that the password remembering function is activated beforehand.
As practice shows, in most cases, at least one of the options for solving the problem of remembering passwords with a browser will do the trick. With the detailed instructions and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be able to fix the problem and start using all the technical excellence and convenience of the Google Chrome browser.