Lock Google Chrome With Built-In Password Protection

Chrome: The latest stable build of Google Chrome can lock your browser when you step away, to protect your data and privacy. All you have to do is change a setting to enable the new profile management system-no extensions needed.

You might want to lock your browser if you share gadgets in your house, or if someone else has to use your personal laptop for a bit. The new user manager comes with this feature built-in. I Love Free Software has a quick tutorial on how to enable it:

  1. Go to chrome://flags
  2. Search for “Enable new profile management system”
  3. Click the blue “Enable” link.
  4. Click the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom of your browser to apply changes.

You will see a drop-down button with your Google account name, next to your Minimize button. Click this and click the lock icon when you want to password-protect your Chrome browser. The password is the same one used for your Google account. The protection stays active even after restarting Chrome as well as after rebooting Windows.

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