What is on-device encryption?
Encryption provides greater security and Google is bringing on-device encryption to its password Manager. So when you save a password in Google’s password managerit is encrypted as a unique key.
How will the feature work?
Google says that once the saved password is encrypted, it will be locked in a “secure place” until you need it. When you need to use a password, google password manager unlocks it for you once we know it’s really you. So the key goes with you and only you can see your password. “Keep in mind that if you lose the key, you could lose your passwords too,” warns Google.
How do you ‘unlock’ passwords?
The passwords can be unlocked with a PIN code or fingerprint scanner. This ensures that no one but you can access your passwords. Google also does not have the encryption key and the passwords remain safe.
How to set encryption on the device?
As mentioned, the feature is tied to Google’s Password Manager. So here are the steps to follow:
- Go to the Settings app and tap Google.
- Tap Manage your account and go to the Security tab
- Tap here on Password Manager and click on Settings
- Click Set Encryption on Device
Please note that this method works for the web, Android and iOS. You can also go to passwords.google.com and follow the instructions. The feature is being rolled out gradually and will reach all users soon.