Google began tightening saved password security in Chrome for Mac almost one month ago. Now, it looks like Windows users will soon be able to join in on the fun. For the second time today, Google’s “Happiness Evangelist” Francois Beaufort is breaking the news. According to Beaufort, the “Reauthentication dialog for passwords” has been added into Chromium and is now ported over to Windows in the latest Chromium build.
Prior to this Chromium release, users could access a plaintext list of passwords by visiting chrome://settings/passwords. Unfortunately, this ability also allowed anyone with access to the computer to see your passwords. The final version that will be made available to the public will likely happen in the near future, though no date has been suggested.
There’s no question that any extra security is a good move and even if you never take advantage of this feature, the knowledge that it is there is comforting to many.