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Google today rolled out a new feature for iPhone users who are signed up to beta test Chrome, allowing passwords saved in Chrome to be used in other apps on the device.

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Chrome passwords can be accessed on iPhone by going to the Passwords & Accounts section, choosing Autofill Passwords, and then selecting the Chrome option.

With this feature enabled, Chrome will function as a password management option right alongside iCloud Keychain and other password management apps like 1Password. You will be able to select Chrome as an option to look up a password when signing in to an app, as is possible now with existing password management options.

This feature is available in the Chrome Beta for iOS at the current time, and there’s no word on when it will roll out to the release version of the iOS Chrome app.

(Thanks, Aaron!)

Article Link: Chrome for iOS Getting Feature That Lets Saved Passwords Be Used in Other Apps
 

dapa0s

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Does chrome still make macbooks go insanely hot?

I hate how slow safari is sometimes, especially with youtube...
 
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PSeg90

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I see the benefit of this. My family shares Netflix/Hulu logins and I can NEVER remember what the username/password is if I have to log into a new device, so instead of asking them every time, I've started going into Chrome settings and click "Passwords" to fetch the username/password...but then often remember that it's actually in my phone's settings.
 
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rwxx

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Will they respect our privacy and not sell the passwords to other businesses? :\

Um, they don't sell data now, so why would they sell your passwords?

Many apps on the App Store, however, do sell your data. Have you bothered to do a security audit of every app/service you use? You might be surprised by what you find.
 
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Vroem

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Firefox has the same thing: it's called Firefox Lockwise. In fact these are examples of how iOS now lets you have password managers be an alternative to iCloud Keychain. Traditional password managers like Bitwarden work like this too on iOS.

It's not a coincidence that Google is doing this now: in iOS 14 you will finally be able to change the default web browser. So they are quickly adding all the missing features.
 
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coolfactor

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  • is this using an official iOS API?
  • are the passwords stored in the system Keychain (just not in iCloud Keychain)?
  • are the passwords stored in an encrypted format on-device?
 
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jameslmoser

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You can encrypt all your data that is synced through Chrome, so you can only decrypt it locally using a pass phrase. I hope this doesn't prevent you from using this feature though, because I would love to be able to do this. I can't use safari on linux or windows, and I rarely use Mac OS anymore because linux is better for work and windows is better for gaming... hell linux is better for gaming. =)
 
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TriBruin

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  • is this using an official iOS API?
  • are the passwords stored in the system Keychain (just not in iCloud Keychain)?
  • are the passwords stored in an encrypted format on-device?

1) Yes, the same API that password managers, like 1Password and LastPass currently can be used instead of Keychain.
2) No, assuming it works the same way other password managers. The passwords are stored in each App
3) Probably, but I don't know how Chome stores those internally.
 
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Vroem

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Um, they don't sell data now, so why would they sell your passwords?
Google gets paid by placing ads. While deciding what ad to place, they broadcast your profile to the highest bidder. This process is repeated every time you visit a page with ads. I totally simplified it by saying it like that, but that's essentially what happens with people's profile these days.
 
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C DM

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Google gets paid by placing ads. While deciding what ad to place, they broadcast your profile to the highest bidder. This process is repeated every time you visit a page with ads. I totally simplified it by saying it like that, but that's essentially what happens with people's profile these days.
Why would the data be broadcast rather than simply used on Google's side to decide which is the appropriate ad to show based on what was requested and what data matches up?
 
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