Look out, 1Password and LastPass. Google is puting to the test its own password maker for the Chrome browser, howbeit it’s not yet clear if it will become a long-lasting fixture.
As the entire Internet is striving to build a fitter password, Google has made a password generator of its own into an developmental version of the Chrome browser.
You could see this feature lurking in an option in Chrome since 2012, but on Thursday Google granted it some attention with a completely new interface in Chrome Canary, a version that is designed for developers and early adopters. Though there’s no assurance that the feature will find its way into the reliable manifestation of Chrome, the new interface might mean that Google is preparing it for more-trendy versions. Acording to NetMarketShare reports, Chrome is the second-most-used browser globally, owning 19.61 percent of the market.
François Beaufort – Google employee and Chrome watcher said on Google+ that the tool uses FIPS 181 Automated Password Generator with a C library, and it produces a robust and pronounceable password.
If you would like to activate it, you have to be running Chrome Canary, and then enable two flags: chrome://flags/#enable-save-password-bubble and chrome://flags/#enable-password-generation. Once you’ve performed those actions, your Chrome will open an overlay and suggest newly created passwords to you whenever you click on any field that requires a new password. While Chrome Canary will not override your existing installation of Google Chrome, you still get warned by Google that the browser is experimental and might occasionally stop working.
LastPass, 1Password, RoboForm are few examples of password-generating tools that are a backbone of browser accessories, and are quite often suggested by security experts for the sole reason of them being able to help create and manage “strong” passwords. “Strong” passwords are tough for computers and hackers to guess. Google’s effort to offer such feature, if it works out its way into the more stable and common version of Chrome, could encourage rivals to build password generators into their own browsers and make the field more competitive.
Hackers managed to steal celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud online storage service by guessing passwords to accounts. A more robust and stronger passwords might have protected the these celebrities from being hacked.