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Password Checkup Chrome Extension For Android
This article explains how to use Google Password Checkup for Android 7 and higher. You can also access Google Password Checkup from a web browser.
How Do I Use Google Password Check Up?
Follow these steps to run Google Password Checkup on Android:
- Open the Settings app and tap Google.
- Tap Autofill.
- Tap Autofill with Google.
- Tap Passwords.If autofill isn’t already enabled, tap Use Autofill with Google at the top of the screen.
- Tap Check passwords.
- Tap Check passwords again.
- Tap Continue and verify your identity.To protect your privacy, set up face recognition or enable Google Smart Lock on your Android phone.
- Password Checkup will check for weak, compromised, or duplicate passwords. Tap a category, then tap Change password under each website or service listed and make the appropriate changes.
How Does Password Checkup for Android Work?
Google Password Checkup compares your saved autofill passwords to a list of known compromised passwords. It also evaluates the general strength of your passwords and identifies reused passwords. Whenever you enter a new password, Password Checker will automatically let you know if it is weak or compromised.
Google’s Password Checkup will not work if you already use a different password autofill app.
Is Google Check Password Safe?
The purpose of Password Checker is to improve your device’s security. For that reason, your passwords are encrypted before they get stored in the cloud. As an extra security precaution, the actual analysis of your passwords takes place on your device, not online.
For enhanced privacy protection, you can lock specific Android apps so they require an additional password or an alternative method for the app to open.
Where Are Passwords Stored on Android Phone?
To see all of your autofill passwords, go to Settings > Google > Autofill > Autofill with Google > Passwords. Tap the app or service and verify your identity to view, edit, or delete a password.
All of your Android and Google Chrome passwords are stored online in the Google Password Manager, which you can access from any device. The steps for managing Android passwords and managing Google Chrome passwords are the same.
How Do I Use Google Password Manager?
You can access Password Manager from your Android settings, or you can visit the web version of the Google Password Manager. From this page, select Go to Password Checkup, or select from the list of apps and websites to view and edit your passwords.
How to Generate Stronger Android Passwords
The key to creating a strong password is making it easy for you to remember but hard enough for others to guess. However, thanks to autofill, you don’t need to memorize all of your passwords. Download the Password Generator app from the Google Play Store to get randomly generated secure passwords you are able to copy and paste. Once entered the first time, your device will remember the password, so you don’t have to.
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Google Password Manager isn’t like other password managers, which make it easy to access secure passwords anywhere on any device on any browser—it’s entirely Google-specific. But it can still work with some other browsers, particularly on mobile devices.
Get started with it by using Google’s Chrome browser. Since almost half of internet users in the US use it across all devices—60% on the desktop, according to StatCounter(Opens in a new window)—you’ve likely encountered Google Password Manager by now.
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You need to be signed in with a Google account. Almost every time you enter a password (such as when you create an account on a shopping site) or change a password, Google Password Manager will pop up a dialog box asking you if you want to save or update that password. Click on the eye icon to view the password in the dialog box.
DIALOG BOX FOR UPDATE PW
If you choose to not save a password for a site, that service will be listed on your Google Password Manager settings page(Opens in a new window) under “declined sites and apps.” If you change your mind, you must delete the entry for the declined site because Chrome’s not going to ask you to save it again. If you decline to save a new, updated password on a page where you previously saved a password, meanwhile, the earlier password remains stored.
After the password is saved, all you do when you’re asked to re-authenticate with the site is go to the sign-in page. Usually, both your username and password will be automatically entered for you. Even better, if you’ve saved multiple sets of credentials for a site—say, yours and your partner’s, since you both like to shop at the same place—you can choose them from a drop-down menu. As my kid would say, “easy-squeezy, peezy lemon.”
Use the Password Generator
Signing up for a new service or need to change your password? Don’t reuse an insecure code; Google Password Manager can generate an impossible-to-guess one for you.
Whenever you create a new password, you should be able to click in the field on the browser and get a drop-down menu that shows any previously used sign-ins plus the option for Suggest Strong Password. (This may not show up if you have another password manager extension running in Chrome.)
USE SUGGESTED PW
Google will show you an option that’s a mix of numbers, letters, and punctuation that’s about 15 characters long (you can’t change the default length). Choose Use Suggested Password to select it. Keep clicking Suggest Strong Password for more options. The dialog box will remind you that Chrome (and thus, Google Password Manager) will save your selected passcode.
If you know you’ll only ever be accessing the site you’re on via Google Chrome, Google Password Manager’s suggested passwords are a good option. If it’s a site or service you’ll be accessing in many places—like, say, Amazon or Netflix—you may want one you can actually remember, making these complex suggested passwords less appealing.
Password Manager on Mobile
Accessing stored Google passwords using the Chrome browsers on your phone or tablet is easy. When you’re using mobile Chrome and encounter a password field, look on the keyboard for a key icon, which will show a menu of stored passwords.
If you leave the password field blank and hit the key icon, the menu will also include Suggest Password, to give you another 15-character string for high security.
SUGGEST PW MOBILE
The menu also will display the option to Use Other Password, which does what it says—it lets you pick a password for an unrelated site to use on the one you’re visiting. (That implies you’re using the same password in multiple places, which is bad.) Click into Manage Passwords to get a mobile version of the page at passwords.google.com(Opens in a new window).
You aren’t limited to using Google Password Manager in Chrome. On iOS, go to Settings > Passwords > AutoFill Passwords, where you turn on autofill and pick the source that fills in the fields. Choices include Apple’s Keychain, whatever password manager app you have installed (like LastPass), or other browsers you have installed—including Chrome. If you pick Chrome, you’ll be defaulting to using Google Password Manager on your phone, even in other apps.
On Android, Google now supports the FIDO 2.0 login standard in the Chrome browser and other apps, so you can use your screen-unlock function (be it your face or fingerprint biometrics, a PIN, or a pattern) to push autofill with stored credentials in Google Password Manager.
Perform a Password Check
Google offers an advanced Security Checkup for your entire account, but within Google Password Manager you can do a more focused Password Checkup(Opens in a new window). It will list compromised passwords that were in known data breaches, weak passwords that should be upgraded, and the sites where you’ve used the same password more than once.
You can see the importance indicated by the color coding. If you’ve got compromised passwords, they’re probably floating out there on the dark web, waiting to be purchased—or they’re already in the hands of some bad actor. Worse, if your compromised password is also one of your reused passwords, a hacker is probably going to try it in multiple places. That means if your old MySpace password got snatched, and you’re currently using it on Amazon, you have paved the way for someone else’s spending spree.
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You don’t have to act on any of the data presented in your Password Checkup, of course, but you’ll be setting yourself up for better security if you do.
Edit, Delete, or Export Your Passwords
On the desktop, head to Google’s password settings(Opens in a new window) page to edit or delete any sites you no longer use or want Google to store. You may have to enter your password to make changes.
EDIT/DELETE ON DESKTOP
You’ll get a warning when you delete a password that, if you do so, Google will no longer be able to help you sign on. But you knew that. Once you delete an entry, it’s gone across all your browsers/devices using Google Password Manager. You can delete it on the desktop and watch it disappear on the lists on mobile; it syncs that fast.
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If you want to export your password list from Google Password Manager, click the gear icon at the top of the passwords.google.com(Opens in a new window) interface. Click Export and you’ll get a warning that “Your passwords will be visible to anyone who can access the file, including apps.” Enter your password again and you’ll get the option to save a file named “Google Passwords.csv” that’s suitable for reading in a spreadsheet or a text reader (it’s a text-based comma-separated value file).
On Android, you can go into the Chrome browser, select the three-dot menu, and go to Settings > Passwords to control things. If you click See, it displays the list from passwords.google.com(Opens in a new window), but you can also click the trashcan icon to delete them, or Edit Password to modify them. Tap the three dots again to find Export Passwords and you can save them to a CSV file locally, or share the file with another app.
On iOS, you can go into the Chrome browser, use the three-dots to go to Settings > Passwords, and click any individual site/password combination you’d like to edit. Swipe left to delete it. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find Export Passwords. It generates the same CSV document that you can then share to your Files, print, send to others, store on services like Dropbox, and more.
Why would you ever want to output your entire list of security credentials for all those websites? For backup, but also to share with someone you trust—there’s an Import option in Google Password Manager as well. What a delightful way to co-mingle your browser life with a new loved one.
Import is also what you’ll need to do if you’re making the switch to a new browser like Firefox or Edge. You can also access passwords.google.com(Opens in a new window) from those browsers for a quick lookup if you don’t have Google Password Manager encrypted (see below). Or import the file into another password manager like Keeper(Opens in a new window), LastPass(Opens in a new window), or Dashlane(Opens in a new window) (here’s how to make that switch).
Create a Sync PassPhrase for Security
We’ve mentioned data breaches that could compromise your passwords. Google’s been subject to some itself. If it happens again, your logins for your Google account could be out there. It’s one reason why you should set up multi-factor authentication (MFA)—it’s an occasional extra step Google will require when you sign in, making you enter a temporary code that is texted to you or generated on an app. (Google may have already auto-enrolled your account.)
That doesn’t stop your data from being read in a breach. Google has an extra feature built into Chrome and Google accounts called Sync Passphrase that fully encrypts all of your stored data on its servers. Think of it as a master password you’ll need to access your regular passwords. That’s very much in keeping with what other password managers do already. Setting it up does indeed offer a lot more security, but it also may break a few things with how Google syncs your data now, such as your browser history, and, for that matter, your unfettered access to view passwords in Google Password Manager. It even kills the Smart Lock option on Android devices(Opens in a new window). But all that inconvenience is the price we pay for thorough security, right?
To turn Sync Passphrase on, open the Chrome browser and use the three-dot menu to go to Settings > You and Google > Sync and Google Services > Encryption Options. You’ll see that it already says Google is encrypting synced passwords, but the next step with the Sync Passphrase turns on the server encryption across all sorts of stored data.
If you want to change your passphrase later, or stop using it, you can do that and all the data is deleted from the Google servers. But it doesn’t delete the info from your local device, so it can again be synced with your account and other devices.
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