Google adds a sector factor to Chrome passwords

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Shores up security.

Google has added a second factor authentication layer to users' better protect Chrome passwords.

The latest version of Chrome now requires users to input their computer's system password in order to gain access to the list of stored passwords.

Google was previously criticised for a lax of transparency around its password security.

Controversy was kicked up in August when software developer Elliot Kember discussed the tech-giant's decision to leave Chrome users' stored passwords unprotected and in plain text.

Kember described the feature as a “flaw,” while Justin Schuh, Chrome browser security lead, responded with a post of his own, defending Google's decision, explaining that if a “bad guy” gets access to a user's OS, they can access anything.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

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