Google Chrome: How to protect synced data with a password in a Windows PC?

As you are aware, you no longer need to set the preferred browser settings, bookmarks, etc. on your Google Chrome web browser, even if you are using the browser on multiple PCs. The settings saved once on a PC can be conveniently shared among several PCs and used comfortably. However, since some of the data thus saved can be sensitive and may require privacy. This is especially relevant if you are sharing your PC with other members of your family or at the workplace. To tackle such situations, protecting the synced data with a password can be handy.

Here are the steps given below that you can follow in order to set a password to protect the synced data on your Windows-based PC.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar and then select ‘Signed in as your e-mail address’.
  3. In the ‘Sign in’ section, click ‘Advanced sync settings’.
  4. Choose ‘Encrypt passwords’, if you want to encrypt your saved passwords only. OR
  5. Choose ‘Encrypt all synced data’, if you’d like to encrypt all data you’ve chosen to sync.

To generate the cryptographic key:

  1. Choose ‘Use my Google Account password’, your passwords are encrypted on Google’s servers with your Google Account password.OR
  2. ‘Choose my own passphrase’ option and provide the passphrase you’d like to use. The passphrase is stored only on your computer.
  3. Click ‘OK’ when finished.