The built-in password manager (opens in new tab) in Google Chrome (opens in new tab) is about to get even better as Google is preparing to add the ability to store notes alongside your passwords.
Besides storing your existing passwords, Chrome’s password manager also includes a password generator (opens in new tab) to help you create strong, unique and complex passwords for each of your online accounts.
While you can use a standalone password manager like LastPass (opens in new tab) or 1Password (opens in new tab) to store your passwords securely, Google Chrome and most other browsers (opens in new tab) now offer similar functionality. However, these paid solutions often come with extra features like secure cloud storage (opens in new tab) and password sharing in addition to letting you store notes about each of your passwords.
Now though, it appears that Chrome’s built-in password manager will be getting a big upgrade with the next major release of Google’s browser.
Adding notes to your passwords in Chrome
As reported by 9to5Google (opens in new tab) and first spotted by Leo Varela (opens in new tab), the latest Chrome Canary release adds a new feature to Chrome’s built-in password manager that will allow you to store notes with your passwords.
Once this feature becomes generally available, you’ll see a new “Notes” field underneath the username and password fields in Chrome’s password manager. However, this option will only show up when adding a new password or when you go to edit an existing password. Varela also pointed out in his Reddit post (opens in new tab) that Google is working on adding the ability to securely send passwords (opens in new tab) to others as well.
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Being able to add notes to each of your saved passwords can be quite useful for those with a lot of different online accounts. For instance, you can add a note to give context to the account, to differentiate between a work and personal account or even if you want to back up the answers to the security questions associated with a particular account.
Users running Chrome Canary can test out this feature now and Google has even added the #passwords-notes flag to make it easier to enable. As this feature is currently tied to the release of Chrome 101, it should arrive in the Stable channel around April or May but the timing of its arrival could change.
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Via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)