Google to enable password downloads for Chrome browser

If you are a regular user of Chrome, Google’ web browser, you have likely seen boxes pop up on a regular basis asking if you would like Chrome to save the username and password combination for sites you log in to. Depending on how paranoid you are about a company like Google having your passwords stored in some way through their services, you may or may not be taking advantage of this feature of Chrome. If you do make use of Chrome’s built-in password manager, especially for lots of sites, some help may be on the way to help you archive the passwords or get them into other managers thanks to a new download option Google is working on.

According to a post by François Beaufort on Google+, the company is working on an option to make it possible to export passwords to a text file that uses a .csv file format. This would make it possible for a user to establish a locally saved password archive rather than relying on Google’s cloud syncing capabilities. The ability to have a simple file full of username and password info available would also make it much easier to then import the information into a dedicated, separate password manager.

Currently this new feature is available in the Dev Channel for Chrome. Users can search for “passwords” in the Chrome Settings, look for the 3-dot menu, find “Saved Passwords” and clink on “Export passwords…” No timeline was given for when this may roll out to the stable channel for use by all users, but it should not be too long if it has made it this far.

What do you do for password management – rely on Chrome or use some other app or method?

source: François Beaufort (Google+)

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.