Google announces several password security updates for Chrome and Android. These will be rolled out over the next few months.
Google’s ambitions to become a leading password manager were bolstered on Friday with several security updates for Chrome, on PC and mobile. The vendor says it would administer site logins on Android, create new passwords for those that may have been compromised, and more. The firm declined to provide a timetable for implementing these changes, saying they would be rolled out over the next two months.
Interestingly, Google said it would intervene in password management on iPhones. It is already possible to authorize the provider to manage and store passwords on Android, and also on iOS. Given Apple’s tendency to strictly manage apps and their implementation on iOS, Google seems to want to circumvent this security by moving some of this functionality to its browser.
Google will add touch-to-fill functionality to Android in the coming months. (Credit: Google)
Android, of course Google’s big favorite
Android remains the firm’s playground, however, and several password-specific improvements will arrive on smartphones powered by its OS. For example, Google today offers the ability to autofill passwords for various sites, taking the username and autofilling the password. The firm said it will be adding an enhancement called “Touch-To-Fill” over the next few months that will automatically connect with just a touch, making the process even simpler.
If you want to manage your existing passwords, Google will also make this possible. The user will be able to add a shortcut to stored passwords on the home screen of their Android phone – but not on iOS, according to the firm. Google’s automatic password checker is also improved. Google already periodically reviews passwords and determines if they are on a list of hacked credentials. If so, he recommends that you change them. The improved password verification feature should now allow these passwords to be changed without going through the site’s password update process, which typically relies on emailing passwords. Warnings about compromised passwords will now be sent to Chrome users on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Linux, and Windows. According to the Mountain View firm, users will also be able to manually add their own existing passwords to Google’s password manager.