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Suppose you are going on a trip and bringing your laptop. In that case, you should secure all the data and information stored inside the computer. It is evident that Windows typically has an access password to log in or unlock the system, but more is needed.

What happens if someone steals our laptop (or we leave it unattended in a corner) while the session is in progress? A significant portion of our bank accounts, Amazon, streaming services, and so on are saved in the online browser, along with a slew of passwords. A less delicate matter.

How to lock Chrome with an access password

There’s no need to be overly dramatic. Suppose we have a desktop PC and don’t want anyone to eavesdrop on our search history. In that case, we may wish to safeguard the browser with an access password.

In any event, the first thing to mention is that Google Chrome lacks a native capability that allows us to restrict the application with a PIN, password, or something similar. Fortunately, a Chrome addon called LockPW can help with this.

  • Install the LockPW extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  • In the upper right part of the browser, click on the extensions icon, click on the 3-dot icon next to LockPW and select “Options”.
  • A new tab will open. Go to the settings options (Gear Icon).
  • In the section on the right, enter the password you want to use to unlock the browser. Confirm the password and enter a hint to remember the password in case you forget it. Click “Save”.
  • If everything went well, you will see a message on the screen indicating that password protection is enabled.

From this moment on, whenever we try to open the browser we will see a lock screen where we will have to enter the previously selected password.

The LockPW application is comprehensive, and among its setup options, it also allows you to do other fascinating things. For example, if the unlock attempt limit is surpassed, immediately stop the browser after X seconds, keep a log of access attempts, or wipe the surfing history (usually 3 attempts by default).

We’ve been testing the latest version of Google Chrome, and it is operating well for the time being. In any case, other Chrome extensions perform much the same thing.

How to lock Chrome with password on Android

One of the defects of the version of Chrome for Android is that it does not allow you to install extensions by default . Therefore, if we want to protect the browser with a password, we will have to find another solution.

The easiest thing in this case is to use an app blocker, such as AppLock.

  • Once the app is installed, open it and enter an unlock pattern.
  • On the main “Privacy” screen, locate the Chrome application and press to activate the lock icon.
  • The first time you will have to assign the permissions requested by AppLock so that it can start working.
  • Once we see the green Chrome lock icon, the application will be protected.

From now on, whenever we want to open the Chrome browser we will see a lock screen where we will have to enter the pattern previously established from AppLock.

If you prefer to use a PIN or numeric password, you can also do so from the “Protect” section, by clicking on “Unlock settings -> Password”.

One of the most obvious advantages of AppLock is that it not only helps us to block Chrome, but also any other browser or application that we have installed on our mobile phone. (jow)

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