Have you ever forgotten a password? Sure, we all have. That is why there are all sorts of great password managers available today. However, on top of having a ton of great extensions available, the Google Chrome browser comes with a built-in password manager for your convenience.
This allows you to manage saved passwords in Google Chrome. You can do things like auto-fill forms and more if you choose to save all your information.
There is an upside and a downside to this. When you log into your accounts like email, Facebook, etc., Google Chrome asks if you want to save your password. If you do this, how do you delete discarded entries or confidential account information that you don’t want anyone to steal?
If you want to be able to log into an online account yourself without Google Chrome automatically filling out the username and password, then you need to manage your saved passwords.
Luckily there are a couple of different options you have to accomplish what you need here. First and foremost you have the ability to do this right from Google Chrome, as they have built-in tools that allow for this.
However, if you want an alternative, then there is a great password manager you can get that integrates with any browser using an extension, and also allows you to manage all passwords across all your mobile devices.
Let’s take a look at both options and you can choose the one that is best for you.
First off, follow the simple instructions below to manage saved passwords in Google Chrome. After that, let’s take a look at LastPass Password Manager together.
Manage Saved Passwords in Google Chrome
Note: This section assumes you run Google Chrome as your main browser and have a need to save and manage passwords across multiple websites.
First, you want to launch the Google Chrome browser on your computer. The Chrome icon looks like a colored ball with a blue dot at the center. You can find it in your Applications folder on a Mac, or on your Start menu on Windows.
Once the Chrome browser is up and running, click on the three-dot menu located on the top right of the browser menu, then find “Settings” in the dropdown menu and click on that.
This will take you to the main settings page for Google Chrome. Scroll down to the bottom until you see “Advanced” and click on that option. This will open a longer drop down and display the advanced settings available.
Note: The Google Chrome password manage setting may be located at the top of the settings page, without having to click on advanced. This will depend on what version of Chrome you are running.
Now find the “Password” box section in settings. Click on that and it will launch the password manager page in Google Chrome.
Here you will find several options. What you do with them is up to you, but this will allow you to manage your passwords in Google Chrome any way you choose.
Auto Save and Login or Confirmation
The first two options are the two main areas you want to look at. You can have Google offer to save passwords every time you put one in. You also have the option to automatically sign in to websites using stored credentials. If disabled, you will be asked for confirmation every time before signing in to a website.
Toggle the blue button on or off next to each option to make your decision.
Below those options, you will find all of the websites that you have saved passwords for.
You can hover over and click on the small, three-dot menus located next to each website with a saved password you have listed. A little popup box will appear and you can choose to edit details or remove the site from the saved passwords list.
Click on “Details” to have a popup window display where all the relevant information for that website is. You can change anything you want from here as well.
Be sure to click on the “Done” button if you make any changes so that they will be properly applied.
That’s it! You have now successfully navigated to the Chrome password manager. You can now easily manage saved passwords in Google Chrome whenever you need to.
Managed Saved Passwords Alternative
If you are interested in managing your saved passwords in Google Chrome another way, then I have a great option for you. There are actually several decent password manager apps, but one sticks out because they provide so many options.
This particular one is a focal point too because it has a solid free version that you can integrate right into your browser and use across all your mobile devices as well.
Let’s take a quick look at it. This will give you another way to manage saved passwords.
LastPass Password Manager
LastPass is a very solid password manager that will remember all your passwords across all devices. The platform has both a browser extension to download, as well as an app to download to enable password management on all your mobile devices.
LastPass is filled with functionality, and as mentioned above, it has a free version that is very high-end and will give you everything you need to easily manage saved passwords from anywhere.
The LastPass browser extension is compatible with all the major browsers, and of course, compatible with Google Chrome.
The initial setup is very easy. Simply install the app based on your devices, create your account, set a master password, and you are ready to roll and manage all your passwords in one place, across the different devices you use.
The user interface is smooth, straightforward, and clean. It’s very easy to understand and use. The LastPass software also has a number of paid packages for personal and business use. These give you other abilities like storage for documents and other accessibility items.
That being said, the free version does give you full encryption that is almost impossible to hack, and gives you everything you need to manage passwords safely and securely. This is an excellent alternative for some looking to manage saved passwords.
Password security and management is very important. There is always someone trying to hack and grab data. Luckily, there are some very good options for you to consider when it comes to managing saved passwords.
Using the Google Chrome browser to manage saved passwords and allow easy access to websites is a solid option and very safe. Plus, everything is within your Chrome browser and you can easily access it all with a few clicks whenever you want.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a password manager that is compatible with all browsers and allows you to manage saved passwords from all mobile devices, the LastPass is a fantastic tool.
Whatever you decide, using some sort of password manager, browser or otherwise, is a good idea because it will make access to all your online content easier and faster.
Have you ever used either of the options above to manage saved passwords? Do you prefer yet another option to handle this instead of the Chrome extension or LastPass?
Author: Jeremy Holcombe
Growing up in Hawaii, Jeremy started his freelance writing career doing resumes, business plans, article writing, and everything in between. He now specializes in online marketing and content writing and is part of the Content Marketing Team at GreenGeeks.