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Simple Startup Password for Chrome is a nifty extension that will not anyone access the browser until the password is entered. Pretty useful to keep things private.

Password Protect Google Chrome using Simple Startup Password [Chrome Extensions]

google-chrome-passwords-introDo you use Google Chrome as your preferred web browser? If you do, there may be a need for you to password protect the information in it. Simple Startup Password is an extension from the Chrome Web Store ready to fix this need.

When you share a computer, be it home or work, it may not be a bad idea to protect your travels on the web. Adding a password extension for Chrome that will not let you do anything until the password is entered will let you rest easier. While Simple Startup Password will work for Multiple Chrome profiles very well, read on to get an idea about how it works.

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Adding Simple Startup Password to Chrome

To add this Chrome extension, you will need to navigate to the Chrome Web Store. Look for Simple Startup Password or click this link.

Add Simple Startup Password to Chrome

The routine is no different from adding any other extension. When the password extension is added, you will need to set a password. To do this, you will need to click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of your Chrome browser window.

chrome options

In the sidebar, click on the Extensions tab.

chrome extensions tab

You will see the list of all of your installed extensions. Scroll down and click the Options link next to Simple Startup Password.

list of chrome extensions

The only option is to set a password. Keep in mind, if you do not remember the password, you cannot access Google Chrome.

create a password

Using Simple Startup Password

To use Simple Startup Password after it is installed and your password is created, simply open Google Chrome. The homepage will load and the you will be prompted to enter a password.

enter browser startup password

If you enter the wrong password in a couple of times, then the browser window closes. There is no Forgot your password link or other recovery option. So make sure you don’t forget your password. It’s a good idea to keep a record of it somewhere private on your PC for later reference, in case you forget it.

Multiple user profiles

For those of you who use several Chrome profiles, you can install Simple Startup Password on each profile. When a new profile is opened, you will need to enter the password for that Chrome profile.

Here is the potential problem you may see. When Chrome is opened, it will automatically open the with the profile that was last used. There is no option to change profiles until the password for the active profile is entered. So if your brother exits out of Chrome while logged into his profile then leaves, you cannot use your profile without his password.

A possible workaround may be to have a generic profile without any password protection. Before each user closes the browser, they could switch to the generic profile for the next user.

Conclusion

I think this is a very easy way to password your browser to safeguard against people who may want to look through your bookmarks or browsing history. If you are paranoid about someone looking through your digital tracks, you  will want to give Simple Startup Password a try.

Add Simple Startup Password to Chrome

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  • Nikata Che

    This method is more useful than private mode especially in public computer.

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  • Feri

    totally useless because of the new chrome multiple user feature, if you start chrome with another user and switch to a password protected user, it wont ask the passeord because it only asks at start up, not switching users…

  • http://twitter.com/Mosh1243 Mohit Ronaldo

    Thanks, this helped a lot :)

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