Recently we saw the launch of Google Chrome 66, which among other novelties brought a tool to export passwords in a file in macOS. Let us see how it can be done and all that implies because the manipulation of passwords cannot be treated lightly.
An easy way to Export Google Chrome Passwords in macOS
Exporting passwords from Chrome browser to your MacBook Pro/Air or iMac is very easy. Follow the steps below to do that.
Steps to get Google Chrome browser passwords in MacBook Pro/Air/iMac
- Open Chrome on your Mac, sign in with your Google account (if you want those passwords to be synchronized with instances of Chrome you have on other devices).
- Access the address to open the passwords you have saved on the Chrome browser chrome://settings/passwords.
- In the heading of the list locate the text ‘Saved passwords’.
- There click on the three vertical points that you have just to your right. A drop-down menu will open where you will find the only option to export all the passwords. If you are comfortable with the warning then go ahead and click Export Passwords.
- After clicking on the “Export Passwords” button and pay close attention to the warning that will appear.
A little difficulty, but a lot of risks
Yes, the fact that Chrome has created the export tool in this way poses a very serious security risk. The passwords are exported in a CSV file with plain text, without encryption in any way. Therefore never, never, never ever send that file to anyone because you would basically be giving access to all the web services you use every day.
When you click on the ‘Export Passwords’ button, the Mac will ask for the administrator password to confirm the operation.
- What can you do with that file? Well keep it (and if you can take all kind security measures you can), or import it into any other password manager that accepts it.
- Once you do, then do not forget to delete the CSV file from the folder and the bin.
This is how we can export our Google Chrome browser passwords to our macOS system. I hope this article will help you to do it easily. In the upcoming articles, we will show you all the security measures we can take to keep our data secure on our iOS and macOS devices. Bookmark our website for all the latest content.
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