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Chrome Dev Channel adds GNOME Keyring support for saving passwords

The Google Chrome dev channel (as well as the Chromium daily builds) recently gained preliminary support for storing user passwords in the native system keyring rather than, as currently, the built-in unencrypted password store.

Whilst the feature is switched off by default you can enable it easily using one of the following switches below, either by appending them to the the chrome command in a terminal session or by editing the application launcher itself.

  • –password-store=gnome
  • –password-store=kwallet
  • –password-store=detect

Upon launching Chrome/ium using the switch, passwords will be saved natively, allowing for encryption, and existing passwords already saved in Chrome/ium will be migrated over.

It is worth bearing in mind that this feature is switched off for a reason and does requires the latest development version of Chrome/ium.