- Apr 24, 2016
Yesterday, we learned that Google Chrome may be getting a sidebar search functionality similar to Microsoft Edge. This would allow users to highlight any text in a webpage to look for more information about it on the web without opening a new tab. Search results appear in a pane right side of the current web page, showing you all the relevant links, images, definitions, and videos.
Now, it seems like Chrome is getting another Edge feature too, and this time, it's a security enhancement.
Some Microsoft Edge users might not be aware of this but the browser actually offers a "Sign in with device password" setting. This adds a security layer when you are autofilling passwords in a form, as it prompts you to enter your device credentials prior to a password being autofilled. In essence, your device credentials act as a sort of a master password for autofill credentials on any website that you browse via Edge. This is not the default behavior of Edge, but you can enable it.
Now, it seems like Chrome may be getting the same feature soon. Eagle-eyed reader Leopeva64 has discovered that the capability is now available in Chrome Canary.
It's a nifty capability to have as it adds a security layer. It's also optional, which means that if you don't want to be bothered by prompts each time you autofill a password, you can easily leave the browser at its default configuration.
There's no word on when the feature will eventually reach Chrome Stable. Since it's currently on the Canary channel, it will have to go through some testing via Dev and Beta before it becomes available. Given that it's already available on Edge, there's little chance of it being canned during development.
Google is working on a feature that will add another layer of security associated to autofilling of passwords. Microsoft Edge already has this functionality but it's not the default configuration.