The Google Chrome Password Manager has been getting an overhaul for a while now. And the latest upcoming feature builds upon the addition of custom Notes you can add. If you export your passwords from Chrome currently, those Notes don’t come along for the ride. That’s changing though because the Chrome Password Manager will add Notes to your password exports.
I found a bug internally reported at Google last month requesting this addition. And of course, exporting notes is sort of pointless without the ability to import them, so that’s in the works too:
Currently only “username”, “ulr”, and “password” are exported and the same fields can be imported. With the launch of notes for passwords, import and export flows need to be updated to include the new field.
Just for fun, I exported a test file from the Chrome Password Manager and sure enough, the above-mentioned fields are the only ones there.
Note, no pun intended, that I added the Notes field manually to the file for illustration purposes.
The code change to implement support for importing and exporting Notes in the Chrome Password Manager is relatively simple.
Google is adding a column in the file for importing and exporting to save Notes. And as the import or export function loops through each password record, data in the new Notes field will be captured or written.
I’m sure many folks will be glad to see this implemented. You certainly don’t want to lose all of those notes you added if you migrate your passwords.
Aside from keeping my data outside of the operating system, I already have the ability to save notes or just about any other info I want to associate with a password.
How about you? Are you relying on Google or Apple to securely manage your passwords? Or are you in the “third party” camp instead of using the Chrome Password Manager?