Some time ago we wrote about Sync Passphrase in Google Chrome. By the way, we strongly recommend that you set it up and use to provide extra-protection for your personal web data such as passwords for websites, banking credentials, bookmarks and surfing history. But in some cases you may need to disable the Sync Passphrase. For instance, if you forgot it or just want stop using because you believe your password from the Google account is very strong. And here is how to remove it on Windows 10 PC, Android device or iPhone/iPad.
The “Sync Passphrase” is designed to protect your Chrome data from unauthorized synchronization. It works like an extra password when you log in to your Google Account in Chrome. Thus, if you set up a passphrase, knowing your Google login, password and even confirming 2-step verification code won’t be enough to successfully synchronize your bookmarks and passwords. It can be and should be used alongside with 2FA. Here is how to implement this additional security measure.
What is it?
Passphrase is an extra security code (like the second password) that serves to improve security of your Chrome data. Authentication looks like the following:
- First you need to fill in your login and password.
- Then you enter 2-Step Verification code.
- And finally you type your sync passphrase to start syncing the Chrome browser to your Google account to reach your bookmarks, visited websites, login credentials, payment methods, addresses etc.
When you enable the sync passphrase in Google Chrome you switch on the encryption for your bookmarks, logins, passwords, visited websites, payments methods, addresses and other things. And all you have to do is to switch the selector. Turning it off is not so easy – you need to reset Sync using the special steps. You may want to reset sync if you forgot your sync passphrase or just want to turn it off.
In this guide we will explain how to create a shortcut to Incognito Window of Chrome. It will allow you to launch it directly in one click of a mouse. In such a way, you will no more at risk of leaking your sensitive information such as sites you visit and you login credentials. This trick is especially useful for using on public computers (for instance, at offices), where third-parties can collect your email address, phone number or god forbid use your saved passwords. Note that you can also set up a shortcut in such a way so that it will open a definite start page in the Incognito Window.
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