How to use Google Password Manager encryption on your device

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Eventually, Google and other major technology companies will omit password completely, but until that day comes, a Google Password Manager feature called device encryption may be the best option to protect your precious passwords. Although it quietly came out earlier This springsince you can now easily access Google Password Manager on your Android home screennow is a good time to check it out. The feature is available for Android, iOS and Chrome, and is designed to help users keep their information safe from prying eyes – even Google’s.

What is encryption on the device?

In short: on device encryption adds an extra layer of protection and privacy to Google Password Manager by giving you unique possession of the encryption key that encodes and decodes the text of your PWs.

When it comes to encryption, “keys” is the tool used to lock and unlock information. Encryption hides data by encrypting plain text, or “interest text” to what is called “ciphertext, ”Which presents itself as distorted, illegible nonsense. However, that nonsense can be turned back into readable plain text by using a “key”, which is a randomly generated information string used to unlock encryption.

Google Password Manager has traditionally held a user’s key, stored it in the user’s Google account and used it to protect their passwords. However, with encryption on the device, the user’s key is stored on the actual device instead of in Google’s digital systems. The feature allows users to unlock their passwords by using the Google password or by using a qualified screen lock feature of their choice (PIN or a fingerprint or other biometric identifier). Like Google have set it, it means that “no one but you will be able to access your passwords.” It includes Google!

Why you should set up account recovery

You can probably see why this new feature has somethinge privacy benefitsbut there are also some potential disadvantages. For example, if you lose or forget your Google password or other security mechanism associated with the feature, you will be in a world full of pain. Why? Because then you will not have access to any of your other passwords either.

Since there is a certain risk that this will happen. Google strongly encourages you to configure some account recovery methods before enabling encryption on your device. You can read more about these by reading Google’s support page about the issue here. Also important to note: once the encryption on the device is added, it apparently cannot be removed, so make sure you want to enable it before turning it on.

How to set up Google Password Manager encryption on your device

So how do you get all this in place? The process should be quite simple. For Android, you just need to do the following:

  • Open Password processing.
  • Click Settings
  • Press Configure encryption on the device.

That should be it. For the Chrome browser, the process is just as simple:

  • Go to the top right corner More.
  • Select Settings.
  • Hit Password.
  • Select Configure encryption on the device.

For iOS, follow a similar procedure but start over The Google Password website. From there, just click on settings and then “configure”. For more information on this new feature, check out Google’s full article here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you do not necessarily have to trust Google at all! For the truly paranoid, this may not be a bad thing to consider. You can always subscribe to another password manager like Keeper or Bitwarden, and if it does not suit your needs, you can always just write down your passwords on a piece of paper. It would be quite difficult to hack the laptop, after all.