Browser-Based Password Managers
March 18, 2022 | Beyond Simple Passwords
Should I use a browser-based password manager?
Many web browsers now come with password managers built in, and they can be a very good choice. They are very convenient to use, as they are fully integrated with the web browser – so they know when you’re on a website that needs a password, and they just pop up and do their thing. You don’t even have to remember a separate master password. So feel free to use the built-in password manager, provided that:
- You keep your web browser up-to-date.
- You have some kind of access control on your device such as a PIN/password/biometric
…two things you should be doing anyway!
One drawback with browser-based password managers is that your passwords may not automatically sync between all your devices if these use different operating systems. So, if you have a Windows laptop, an iPad and an Android smartphone, your passwords may not follow you around everywhere – unless you use the same web-browser on all your devices and log into it. Also, if more than one person uses a device on the same user profile, they would all have access to the same password-protected content. You may not want that.
To learn more about the use of password manager tools and browser-based password managers, click “Read More” below for the full guide from the National Cyber Security Centre.