Creating a good, strong password is essential if you want to protect your various online accounts. Given the state of cybersecurity, a password isn’t always enough, which is why there’s support for two-factor authentication for most of the services you use online. This does not mean that passwords are useless. A strong password is often a pretty good defense against minor attacks. If you’re struggling to come up with a good password and tend to use the one good password you have for everything, consider getting help from the Chrome Password Tool.

Chrome Password Tool

It is common knowledge that Chrome has a password manager, but it also has a secret password tool that can help you generate secure passwords. You cannot use it right out of the box. You must first activate it.

Open Chrome and type the following in the URL bar. Press enter.

chrome://flags

This will open the Chrome Flags page. Look for passwords and you should be able to find a flag named Password Generation. Open the drop-down list next to it and select the Enabled option. Relaunch Chrome.

Once the tool is activated, find a signup page for a service or app you want to use. Enter your name, email, etc. on the registration form, then click in the Password field. A drop-down list will open with a suggested password. Click to insert it into the password field. Be sure to write it down somewhere or memorize it. It’s not user-friendly, but it will automatically register in Chrome’s password manager. It’s good or bad depending on how secure you think the password manager is.

The tool only gives you one suggestion, so if you need another, click outside the password field, then click inside again. Each time the password field is active, Chrome gives you a new password.

If you didn’t write down the password and used it to sign up for a service or application, you can recover it from the password manager. In Chrome, go to the following page and find the domain name you registered with. Click the eye icon to view the password. If your system is password protected (at the operating system level), you will need to enter your account password to view stored passwords in Chrome.

chrome://settings/passwords

If you don’t like using the Chrome password manager, there are plenty of alternative options, and Mac users can always use Keychains.