Where Are Google Chrome Saved Passwords
Google Chrome passwords are saved in your web browser to make web browsing and shopping easier. This is an optional feature that makes using the web less tedious. However, it can pose a security risk for anyone sharing or traveling with their laptop or mobile device. It is easy to see someone’s Chrome passwords once you have a user’s system or Google account password. If there is no security on the device, then it is even easier.
If you share your computer or mobile device with anyone it is best practices to not allow Chrome to save store and manage your passwords. Chrome can also store payment information, but the credit card’s three or four-digit CVV security codes is still required for each purchase. Remember your mobile device and laptop can sync login information across devices. This is a security setting in Chrome.
How to Manage Passwords in Chrome
Chrome will pop-up a prompt offering to save your usernames and passwords for websites that you visit. Chrome can also save payment information. If you allow Chrome to save passwords, the next time you visit that website your login information will be auto-filled in and you won’t have to re-enter credentials. If you are having Chrome manage payment information, then you will only need your CVV security code from your credit card to complete the purchase. If you store your payment information with the e-commerce website, then you may not have to enter anything else to buy. It all makes shopping online easy, but also risky
How to Find the Password File for Chrome on a Hard Drive
- Your Google Chrome password file is located on your computer at C:\Users\$username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Your sites with stored passwords are listed in a file named Login Data.
- Swap in your Windows username in place of $username when navigating to this file on your laptop or desktop filesystem.
Here you can find the URLs of the websites that you visited. The email addresses used to login into these websites are saved in this file, many of them in the clear. This mean anyone who finds this file can easily read the login email with any text editor like Windows Notepad for example. The passwords are encrypted. So, hacking your way to this file, gives you half of the login information you need to get into someone’s online account.
How Do I Get to Saved Chrome Passwords – Windows Machines?
To see your saved passwords, open Chrome and type chrome://settings in the address bar and hit enter. If you are using a Google account with another browser, like Firefox for example, then follow the next set of directions.
Select Passwords from the top of the first section
Saved Passwords – Chrome Web Beowser
- Open the Chome web browser on your laptop or computer
- Click the three vertically stacked dots in the upper-right corner of the Chrome screen
- Choose Settings from the drop-down menu
- Choose Passwords from the first section
To view your password for each website, select the eyeball icon. Chrome will prompt you for your Windows user password, if you use one. Your user password is the one you use when logging into your machine when turning it on or waking it up from sleep. If you do not have a user password on your machine, then your passwords can be revealed here with no extra information required.
In this section, you can remove a saved password from Chrome. This is also how to forensically retrieve saved passwords. You can choose to have Chrome remember login credentials. This permission is set on a site-by-site basis. Whether or not Chrome prompts you to save your password each time is yet another setting to switch off for better web security. When you opt to save passwords from a website, Google Chrome will automatically complete the sign-in fields the next time you visit that site.
Chrome Passwords – Android Mobile devices
- Click the three vertically stacked dots in the upper-right corner of your screen
- Choose Settings from the menu
- Choose Passwords
- Tap “View and manage saved passwords in your Google Account”
- Chrome will prompt you for your Google account password
To view your password for each website, select the eyeball icon next to each website
Michelle writes about cyber security as well as how to protect your data online. She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She published a guide to Cyber Security for Business Travelers