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Chrome Becoming a Password Manager on iOS

The beta version of Google Chrome for iOS recently gained the ability to act as a password manager. This is going to be huge.

For lots of people, Chrome is the place they store their passwords and payment details. While people like me (and probably you) like 1Password or LastPass for this, there are tons of people who just use their browser's storage, and looking at web statistics, most of those people are doing that in Chrome.

The problem forever, and the reason people like me use a third party manager, is that those credentials couldn't be used anywhere besides Chrome. Once they can, that will mean Chrome has a free, cross platoform password manager that millions of iOS users are already bought in on. I think if Google has a good on-boarding that tells people how to activate this when it releases to everyone, it's going to be a big win for them and for users.

Anecdotally, I love 1Password, and use it on all my devices. My wife has a vault as well, but for the life of me I can't get her to use it. Even though it should be easy to use and because if she did use it, then she'd be able to quickly find passwords for my accounts if she needed to get into one of them, she doesn't like to use it because it's more work and "Chrome just works already." She's going to use this feature right away.

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