Whether you’re a parent trying to organize and manage your kids school work spaces, or used to saving passwords the old fashioned way you probably need a little help keeping your passwords safe, secure, and saved so you don’t have to remember all of them!
We’ve all been there, there is some task or nagging online errand we have to get done quickly. We pop open our browser, find the right website, and try to log in with the password we think will work. But, it doesn’t. You either spend a bunch of time trying to figure out if you spelled it wrong the first time, or if you’re using the wrong email and end up either locked out or having to reset your password again. Then you have to pick something that’s at least 8 characters, AND uses symbols, AND a capital, AND a number, but don’t forget, it can’t be similar to your last password either. That last one is never fun, because how are you supposed to remember which password works for this site?
Well, turns out Google Password Manager is probably the best tool for you. It’s really easy to set up and start using, but having a good visual walk through is important for anyone who is unfamiliar or has difficulty with this feature. Even a handy feature like Google Password Manager, can offer its own frustrations if you haven’t learned how to navigate its settings.
Worried about safety and security?
Not sure if you trust Google with your passwords? Well, while I totally hear you, saving passwords in a written down notebook or using passwords that you can easily remember are simply not secure. Hackers or other criminals find an easier time gaining access to you than they do the kind of encryption and security Google is using. Not only is the Google Password manager a safer tool to use, Google also offers a range of options for securing all of your devices online. I highly recommend learning more about Two Factor Authentication, if security is a big concern for you.
In the below How To, I walk you through step by step the main features of this handy little tool.
Start saving your passwords easily and reliably with this visual guide, which walks you through using Google Password Manager in a natural everyday manner. If you're looking for a solution to the headache that is losing or forgetting passwords online this How To is for you.
- Google Chrome Browser
- Internet Access
- Google Account (aka a Gmail account)
How to turn on Google Password Manager
Ensure that you have Auto Sign In and Offer to Save Passwords turned on.
- Open up your Google Chrome Browser
- Make sure that you are logged into your gmail account before beginning.
- In the upper right hand side of the Google Chrome Browser window, click the 3 horizontal dots button
- Select Settings
- Scroll down to the Autofill menu and Select Passwords
- Ensure that both Offer to Save Passwords and Auto Sign In are enabled
How to use the Suggested Strong Password when Creating a Login
Go to a login screen, I chose Facebook as a good test screen
Now let's test out creating a Suggested Password:
- To Create a Login and Save a Password for a site, first go to a login screen. You can try facebook.com or any site you aren't already logged into.
- Enter a username or email
- Right Click the Password form field
Use the Suggested Password
- Select Suggest Strong Password from the dropdown menu
- Then continue to create your account, or click the login button
How to Check if the Password Saved
- At the top of the browser in the Web Address Bar you should see a small Key Icon
When you click this button you will see all of the saved user logins for a particular site. You may have multiple logins on sites like Facebook.
- Click this and then Select Google Account or Manage Passwords if available.
Search for the website domain name (like facebook.com)
All of your saved passwords are listed on this page. If you have a lot of saved passwords, it's best to use the search bar and search for the domain name of the site so that you can find, and edit the password and credentials you are looking for.
How to Copy, View, Edit, or Delete your password and username
From here, you can use the Copy icon to copy to username or password.
The Edit button to save a newer password and username for an existing site.
Or the Delete/Remove option to remove the login entirely.
The image below is of the Menu if you clicked the Google Account link. If your menu looks different, do not fret, the same icons will work the same way. If yours took you back to the Manage Passwords view:
- Select the three dots next to the login
- Here you can Copy the password or Remove the login credentials
- Select Details
Here you can edit your credentials
How To Update a password easily after you've changed it
Once you have changed your password for a site, you will need to ensure it's been updated with Google Manager.
If you have just logged into the site with your updated password, Google Password Manager makes it really easy by popping open a little window in the upper right hand side of the window. It will show the username and password field for this site and ask if you want to update the password.
The trick to using this tool successfully is to only click the Update Password button once you have successfully logged in, otherwise you will end up with a faulty password being saved.
If you accidentally clicked out of the update password box, it's not a problem, you can still navigate to the Google Password Manager menu:
- Open a new tab
- Click the three dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome Browser window.
- Select Settings from the dropdown list
- Scroll under Autofill to the Password Manager and select it.
- From here you can follow the guides above within the 'How to check if a password saved' section.
The trick to using any new feature or product, is being patient. Being patient with computers, software, and yourself will make learning new tech skills, and saving time online easier. Plus it tends to stick better too. So, take your time, you got this!
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