In general, while this is a very convenient way to store passwords, a web browser is certainly no vault where passwords are completely safe. If someone gets into your computer, all they need to know to view topics is the password or PIN for your computer, which can be a very primitive 4-digit password that gives them access to all your other passwords.
In practice, this might make sense for a PC that you have at home and don’t really carry anywhere, and which is also well encrypted, and which nobody can physically get to. But still, a hacker can get to your computer remotely, and then have easy access to the passwords. If you were to store passwords like this on a laptop that you carry with you when you go out, you are always putting yourself at risk of someone stealing your computer. In addition to losing the laptop, you then still have to deal with changing the passwords, and that’s an even better case of catching it before the thief does.
Much better to use a password manager who are directly designated to do this and offer far better security even if someone gets to your computer. Well yes, but now you have dozens of passwords stored in Google Chrome that you definitely don’t want to overwrite in another program. Fortunately, you can export the passwords from Chrome to a password list table, which you then just upload to your password manager. Fortunately, the whole operation only takes about 2 minutes.
Here’s how to export passwords from Chrome
- Open Chrome. Click on the three-point icon on the toolbar and select “Settings”
- In the “Autocomplete” section, click on “Passwords”
- Find the section called “Saved passwords”. Click on the icon with three dots next to it. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “Export passwords…”
- Before you can export passwords, you must enter the password on your computer. Once you have entered it, press “OK”
- Chrome will now ask you where you want to save the file containing all your passwords. Select the location and click “Save”
Congratulations! You have successfully exported your passwords from Chrome. You can now use this file to import your passwords into your secure password manager. Then delete the file and definitely don’t save or send it anywhere. This is highly sensitive data!
Disabling Chrome Password Manager
There’s also a handy option to disable Chrome’s built-in password manager. Once disabled, Chrome will stop remembering or autofilling some of your saved usernames and passwords, so you can conveniently use the password manager to take over this service in a more secure way, but still just as conveniently as you’ve been used to.
- Open Chrome. On the toolbar, click the three-dot icon, then click “Settings.”
- Click “Passwords.”
- You’ll now see two options: ‘Offer to save passwords’ and an option to disable ‘Log in automatically’. Turn off the blue toggle switch to turn both off.
You have now successfully deactivated Chrome’s password manager. Chrome will not remember your passwords and will stop auto-filling them on the sites you visit.
Why you should never save passwords in Chrome or other browsers
We have passwords for almost everything these days, and remembering them is virtually impossible, especially when they’re complex. Besides, no one wants to enter their password manually either, when a handy autofill feature can do the extra heavy lifting for you. However, if a web browser like Chrome, Safari or Firefox can store your passwords, you’re putting yourself at risk.
There’s a very good reason why we warn against trusting browsers with your passwords. For example, if you were infected with a Trojan horse, an attacker could have access to all your passwords without your knowledge. In fact, they could be available for purchase on the dark web right now.