Google makes password auto-completion more secure and synchronized


Google’s autocomplete can be a handy tool for remembering difficult passwords and expediting online shopping. In 2020, the feature was protected by Google’s authentication mechanisms, but enabling the security layer depended on individual activation on each device.

To get around this setback, Google reset the auto-complete settings and added auto-completion sync across multiple devices to boot. Now, the user who uses the mechanism will have the same security conditions on all devices logged into the same profile.

The “Autocomplete Security” menu has been renamed to just “Autocomplete Preferences”. Within it, authentication options have been expanded (and more detailed), allowing you to enable biometric authentication before entering passwords, payment information, or both. Below, the synchronization between devices appears.

Such auto-complete preferences are contained in the device settings, in the auto-complete section of the Google services settings. Please understand that information you have saved in your Google account for a long time is synced across multiple devices. The difference is that, now, the protection layer that protects the filling of this data is now synchronized between all devices under the same profile.

The novelty doesn’t seem to be available to everyone for now, following Google’s standard strategy of distributing changes incrementally across the server. Over time, the feature should be extended to all users of the company’s services.

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