Google Chrome: Turn off Password Save

One of the first things I do when I install Firefox is to disable the password save option. I have no intention of letting my username/password pairs get saved automatically for others to view later on.

In Google Chrome, to disable the save-password option, click on the little spanner icon on the top right (beside the address bar), select Options, click on the Minor Tweaks tab and select Never save passwords. If you want to view passwords already saved, click on “Show saved passwords”!

turn off password saving in chrome

turn off password saving in google chrome

UPDATE: Commentator Jim has this useful information to add in the comments section.

Here’s a scenario no one has discussed.

1. Allow Chrome to import information from a previously existing Firefox installation
2. Look at Wrench(Spanner)/Options/Minor Tweaks/Show Saved Passwords
3. Select a site, then click “Show Password”

Your saved password from Firefox is displayed in plain text. Chrome has read your password from Firefox, then made it available to anyone in possession of your machine. Physical security is still the most important aspect of security! We really need the master password now!

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36 thoughts on “Google Chrome: Turn off Password Save

  1. Garrett: Thanks for the comments. Yes, they’ve not implemented the master password in Chrome. I never used that feature in Firefox, but its very useful if you don’t want to keep typing your passwords each time.

  2. Hey YCR/Chittaranjan, what if you lend someone your notebook or someone lays hands on it temporarily (authorized/unauthorized)? They will be able to see your passwords in a 30-second time frame.

    Or if you download some malware/virus/trojan that’s designed to broadcast your saved passwords? :D

    Sometimes its useful to save your passwords, but when you have confidential data that you access online (bank accounts, credit card info, confidential company data, etc), its safe to just type your password each time. Well that’s just my 2 cents. :D

  3. I agree Loney. But I’ll make sure that if a 2nd person is using my notebook, I’ll let him/her use the Guest a/c (OS level) where the browser will be opening with a diff profile and my passwords etc wouldn’t be accessible to them.

    And when you say they can ‘see’ my PW, u meant they can access my mail etc with the saved pw but can’t actually ‘read out aloud’ my PW, right? They can’t also change it coz sites have ‘enter your existing pw’ thingy.

    BTW, I don’t store PWs for Banking/CreditCard/Company Mail sites :)

    • No, if you are logged into your OS as an Admin account, which you have stated you aren’t, but thought i’d highlight anyway, the chrome “show saved passwords” tab really does display your passwords as plain text.

  4. Here’s a scenario no one has discussed.

    1. Allow Chrome to import information from a previously existing Firefox installation
    2. Look at Wrench(Spanner)/Options/Minor Tweaks/Show Saved Passwords
    3. Select a site, then click “Show Password”

    Your saved password from Firefox is displayed in plain text. Chrome has read your password from Firefox, then made it available to anyone in possession of your machine. Physical security is still the most important aspect of security! We really need the master password now!

  5. YCR/Chittaranjan: When I said “see” the password, I meant literally *view* the username/passwords you choose to “save” in Firefox.

    Try it out with your Firefox browser and let me know if you can view them. ;)

    I’ve experimented with the Guest login, but there are times when you may have to lend your laptop to someone for a couple of minutes. And instead of risk having your passwords thrown out in public (Firefox passwords are stored in plaintext) its just easier to either not save them, or use a Master Password.

    And good that you don’t store password for banking and other important websites. :D

  6. @Arul: Yeah, I got what u meant when I was on FF earlier today. The ‘show passwords’ button is in-your-face and unless protected by a master password, my passwords are there to be seen! One never realizes the importance of such things unless they’re pointed out to them :P (or are affected directly as a result of carelessness!) I’ll now go and ‘view’ if there’re any passwords on the common pc’s in office :cool:

  7. A feature I like, is that the button “Show password”, show only the password of the site you select. Firefox, instead, show all passwords. I think this can be useful, if you want to show a password of a site to a friend near to you, without revealing all other passwords.

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  11. You don’t got the point. My Firefox 3.0.2 has the passwords password-protected. I use this feature since the first Firefox. The point is that this protection do not protect anything, if another software is able to list accounts/passwords without any problem. Not only with Firefox, but Explorer and Opera too. If Google is able to do this, imagine state aparatus investigation tools? Chrome is great if you want to sit at another computer and steal it’s passwords. Thing about it on work, on public computers, on cyber cafes… Digital protection? Neither with PGP.

  12. does anyone know the answer to eh below question.

    when you log into a website, and the bar in chrome pops up asking you if you want to save the password, but by accident you click ‘never for this website’. how do you bring back the option for it to save the password? Thanks

  13. Never save your password on computer.. It will be easier for hacker to get the password.
    a friend of mine show how easy for him to get any password saved on a computer just by plugin his thumb drive to a pc and the software will automatically discover every password.

  14. I was quite surprised to see that collecting someone’s passwords is as easy as … installing chrome on their computer.

    The procedure is quite simple : install chrome, and import firefox settings, including passwords; done.

    Chrome will display them to anyone in plain text, wether or not they were protected by a master password inside firefox.

    The mozilla foundation did a good job at masking passwords, making them difficult to retrieve, even if you get your hands on the profile files ; unless you have the master password, you’re out of luck and will have to go for the geek way, which few people can actually do. Google destroyed all this nice security with chrome.

    I believe it should be dealt with inside the firefox software; This is yet another example of how Google is clearly posing a threat to people’s privacy and could turn some people’s life into a nightmare. Not talking about intentional data gathering.

    I am slowly joining the ranks of the google watch growing community…

  15. i have chosen option to not to save any passwords for google site accidentally.
    now every time i have to enter the password.
    i want to turn on the password option.
    alas, i am not successful.

    any help plz.

  16. how to turn on password option in chrome?

    i have chosen option to not to save any passwords for google site accidentally.
    now every time i have to enter the password.
    i want to turn on the password option.
    alas, i am not successful.

    any help plz.

  17. omshivaprasad SAID:

    “i have chosen option to not to save any passwords for google site accidentally.
    now every time i have to enter the password.
    i want to turn on the password option.
    alas, i am not successful.

    any help plz.”

    Good question! Anyone??
    I TOO WANT TO TURN THE REMEMBER PASSWORD BACK ON FOR A PARTICULAR SITE.

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