Google worked on adding a “Password Strength indicator” feature to Chrome last year, the feature and its code have been completely removed from browsers, and it has been discontinued.
Password Strength Indicator
Password Strength Indicator as the name implies show your Password as strong or weak when you type them while creating new accounts on websites online or when you change passwords.
We reported about the feature last year in July.
Here is the feature explanation from Google when it was available as a flag:
” Enables password strength indicator when typing a password during a sign-up and password change flows.”
It is also used for computing the password strength for manually typed passwords. Google has added it below the Password generation dropdown
Here is how the Password Strength Indicator works in Chrome:
We’ve noticed it saying a “weak password entered” when the empty field has been left intentionally. If the typed password is weak, it shows a warning icon with a strength indicator.
Chrome doesn’t warn when you enter a strong password. The user must type six minimum characters.
Google removes Password Strength Indicator from Chrome
It is still unclear whether Google integrated Strength Indicator for Passwords into Chrome or not, however, we recently spotted the company has removed its code, and the flag may have expired in Chrome 110 itself.
The latest commit describes its removal as ” [passwords] Sunset Password strength indicator”.
It’s common for most web browsers including Firefox, Edge, and Chrome to offer suggestions for accounts when creating online accounts through password generation, but a Password strength meter is rare.
While websites and apps themselves possess this and hint when a user types a too simple password, Reddit is an example.
You may have never noticed the feature in Chrome not going to, be in the future.
What’s your take on this? Do you know Chrome has a Password Strength Indicator? Let us know in the comments below.
Final words: Chrome has lost the ability to check the strength of Passwords you’ve typed, and Google has discontinued the feature.