A built-in password manager, the type that comes with your internet browser, is like a piece of buttery toast in the morning — quick, convenient, but not the most exciting option ever.
Sure, browser password managers beef up your internet security, but they are just OK. Not bad, not good, just somewhere in-between. You're about to learn why. Plus, discover how to disable your browser's current built-in password manager.
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- Why Are In-Built Password Managers Just OK?
- Why are Third-Party Password Managers Better For Teams?
- What are the Benefits of Third-Party Password Managers Like TeamPassword?
- How to Disable Your Browser's Built-In Password Manager
Why Are In-Built Password Managers Just OK?
Let's take Google Password Manager, Chrome's de facto password protector. It does what it says it does: Manages saved passwords in Chrome and Android. But what happens to passwords if you switch to Firefox? Or Microsoft Edge?
And what happens to passwords saved in Firefox Password Manager when you switch to Chrome or Edge? Or passwords in Microsoft Edge Password Manager when you use Firefox or Chrome?
The problem is, a lot of us use more than one browser — Chrome on a laptop and Safari on an iPhone, or Edge on a desktop and Chrome on an Android.
In-built password managers can't pull passwords from browser-to-browser or passwords from device-to-device. This means fewer protections and more forgotten passwords. (Seventy-eight percent of us can't remember passwords.)
Why Are Third-Party Password Managers Better For Teams?
In-built password managers aren't popular among large teams that collaborate on projects. In a survey, employees in the technical sector used in-built password managers for 15-50 login credentials and third-party password managers for over 100 password-protected accounts. Employees contained more passwords in third-party managers.
Firstly, there isn't a convenient or secure way to share passwords saved to your personal (or work) Google account. You have to enter your Chrome password manager, find the login, then copy the username and password to send to your colleague...probably through an unsafe medium like text or email. Secondly, browser password managers autosave basic login information but lack a good way to save other types of secrets or notes. Even if they did, they would be a pain to share.
There's a perception that in-built password managers are a better fit for personal passwords — logins for banking, email, and streaming accounts. Most teams use third-party password managers for shared files, folders, and other projects.
What Are the Benefits of Third-Party Password Managers Like TeamPassword?
Third-party managers serve different purposes than in-built managers. They boast features such as
- Automatic password syncing across all browsers and devices.
- Password encryption.
- Two-factor authentication.
- Password activity.
- Password logging.
- Unique password generation. (Some third-party password managers can create randomized passwords for extra security.)
TeamPassword goes one step further with enhanced password management for teams that need to access shared login details and keep collaborative projects moving. Discover more here!
Using a third-party password manager provides a bundle of benefits. But you'll probably need to disable your browser's current password manager before using one.
How to Disable Your Browser's Built-In Password Manager
We've written articles with steps and screenshots for the four major browsers:
- How to Disable Google Chrome Password Manager
- How to Disable Firefox Password Manager
- How to Disable Microsoft Edge Password Manager
- How to Disable Safari Password Manager
Before You Go
A built-in password manager is a primer for password management, but they lack features that security-conscious enterprises require in 2023. With cybersecurity on the rise as more people work from home, consider using a password manager that provides encryption, two-factor authentication, password activity, password logging, automatic password syncing, and unique password generation for remote teams. These managers benefit enterprises of all sizes that share logins and collaborate on data-driven projects.