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Is there any way to password protect google chrome browser? So that I can do "Remember password" on sites browsing in chrome in a shared computer and others can't access it

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How would you like it if you sat down at a shared computer and Chrome was restricted? – Joel Coehoorn Aug 7 '10 at 19:51
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Depending on your system you could encrypt your Chrome Profile Folder (TrueCrypt in Windows, equivalent ones on other operating systems)

Before starting chrome, you mount your encrypted archive, then use

chrome.exe --user-data-dir="<location to profile>"

to start the browser using that directory.

P.S.: You can put a specific link on your desktop with the parameter for the profile location, so others can use chrome with the default profile.

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thanks everyone for the reply.. :) it worked.. – jasimmk Aug 8 '10 at 16:43
I'm afraid that's only giving the illusion of security. It's very much like getting a new car and putting the keys in a safe. Chrome is not very secure password-wise. The userprofile is only one place Chrome can write to. – digitxp Aug 10 '10 at 19:07
Sure, but if it's in a secure archive it is protected from others who use that computer. – private_meta Aug 10 '10 at 21:07

One more useful tool very similar to Truecrypt - Rohos Mini Drive. I'm using it's feature - Hide folder to password protect my Google Chrome profile -

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Chrome's passwords are encrypted with your login password, at least on Windows, though very weakly. I'm going to have to say that it's a bad idea to use the browser's built-in password manager no matter what. Google Chrome can import Firefox's passwords even if Firefox's passwords are under a master password.

Use a dedicated password manager that is at least reasonably secure. The safest is probably KeePass because it's been around for quite a while. Lastpass is another option that is reasonably secure, but if you're working on the CIA, keep in mind that it hasn't been audited by any independent organization yet (KeePass hasn't been audited either, but it's open source, so thousands of people can and have read through the code for security flaws and those flaws are fixed very quickly).

In summary: if you're paranoid, use KeePass. If not, use LastPass.

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You could try using the LastPass plugin to have an online and extremely secure password vault. Just turn off automatic login and your set. It even has the bonus advantage of a web interface and portability.

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Use Discolock a freeware small utility, which password protect many applications.

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