In the end, the technology sector (Apple, Google, and Microsoft) intends to replace passwords with passkeys. To ensure that only you can view your passwords until then, the Google Password Manager is starting to enable on-device encryption.

The Google Password Manager, which can be accessible at passwords.google.com and in Chrome, now enables common password encryption in the following places:

Your Google Account securely houses the encryption key needed to decrypt and access your passwords. Google will then access (decrypt) your passwords using this key.

With on-device encryption, only your Google password or the screen lock for a compatible device, such as a fingerprint reader or PIN, will unlock your credentials on that particular device. Since Google no longer holds the encryption key, which is now securely saved on your device, only you will be able to access your passwords.

According to Google, on-device encryption may be enabled on numerous devices, cannot be uninstalled once it is set up, and serves as a recovery option. There are instructions available now for iOS, Android, and desktop browser.

While Sync needs to be enabled in Chrome, accessing passwords on a new device only requires checking in with your Google Account (using secondary authentication).

Google Password on-device encryption
Google Password on-device encryption

Before utilizing on-device encryption, Google strongly advises making sure you have account recovery alternatives available. Negative aspects of the user experience include the need to manually initiate Password Checkup and the fact that some services no longer support automated sign-in.

Google suggests in an support article today that on-device encryption will be the standard method moving forward:

This security precaution will eventually be put in place for everyone to assist safeguard password security.

You can start the procedure to set up on-device encryption from either the Chrome desktop/mobile browser or Password Manager (website or built-in Android experience). However, it hasn’t yet been widely implemented on the internet, and we just came across it in (103, on Android).

FOR YOUR PASSWORDS ON THE WEB, ANDROID, OR IOS, SET UP ON-DEVICE ENCRYPTION Navigate to the passwords.google.com app, Settings, Google, Manage Your Account, Security tab, and Password Manager. Choose Settings. Click Configure device encryption Install Chrome’s on-device encryption for your passwords. Choose More (three-dot overflow menu) and Settings and Passwords and Set up on-device encryption in the top right corner of your Chrome browser. FTC: We employ automatically earning affiliate connections. More.

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