New Chrome Browser Extension for Passwordstate

 

**Available from Chrome Store Late September/Early October 2019**

**Beta Available Now**

**Instructions to install beta at bottom of this post**

 

One of the most popular features in Passwordstate are our Browser Extensions. These plugins for your browser securely retrieve credentials from the Passwordstate vault, and autofill websites credential fields allowing you to login automatically.

They can securely save website credentials entered by you directly into your Passwordstate vault. This is an automated process and encourages your end-users to have strong, individual passwords for all websites they visit. This is crucial in minimising potential attack vectors and is considered one of the best practices you can employ in protecting your personal and corporate data and systems.

Here at Click Studios we’ve been busy redeveloping our Browser Extensions over the last 3 months to include more features, improved website compatibility and offer a new UI (User Interface). The first to be released will be for Chrome and Firefox, followed by the new Edge extension once Microsoft release the production version of Chromium Edge (predicted late 2019).

Below is information about the new functionality we’ve included in the browser extensions. As always, we welcome your feedback via support@clickstudios.com.au.

 

New UI (User Interface)

The first thing you’ll notice is the new UI for the browser extension. Apart from a redesigned browser icon there is a new Search option, a Preferences Menu, and a new link to report any websites directly to Click Studios that don’t either save credentials or autofill them correctly. When the Report Site Issue is selected, we’ll be notified, attempt to fix the issue and contact you directly when we release a patched version of the extension into the relevant store.

 

New Search Feature

Searching on this screen will query your Passwordstate vault and display only the records you have permissions for. It displays more information about each record than the previous browser extensions, including the website logo, the Password List where it is stored and a description of the password record.

Clicking on a search result will open a new tab and take you directly to that site, auto-filling the credentials for you. Clicking the link icon associated with a search result will open the password record in Passwordstate allowing you to make any changes required.

New Preferences Screen

On the new Preferences screen, you can choose to:

  • Select a Default Password List to store your new credentials in
  • Select a Default Password Generator to use on your websites
  • Temporarily disable auto-filling
  • Toggled on or off the Icon Overlay option. More about the icon overlay later in the blog

New Save Screen

When saving new credentials for a website, you are presented with a new screen. Information on this screen can be modified prior to saving. Alternatively, you can simply “Close” this screen if you don’t want to add the site into Passwordstate, or you can select the “Ignore” option and the browser extension will never ask you to save credentials for this website again.

More Ways to Auto-fill Websites

Auto-filling of websites with the new browser extensions can be performed multiple ways:

  1. If you have a single credential saved for the website it will automatically fill it for you when you visit the site.
  2. If you have 2 or more credentials saved for a website, the browser extension will alert you by displaying a numerical badge on the extension itself. Clicking on the extension will open the main page, displaying an extra menu advising you have multiple matching logins. Clicking onto his you will allow you to select which credential you want to auto fill on the website.
  3. Alternatively, you can use the new “Icon Overlay” which is a new icon you’ll find in the username and password fields on the website. Likewise, clicking on this icon will give you a choice of which credentials to autofill the website with.

New Overlay Icon

The icon overlay on the login fields is a new feature that allows you to search for and choose saved credentials to log into the web page with. Clicking on this new icon will allow you to either scroll up and down to find your credential:

Alternatively you can use the Search feature to quickly find your credential:

Better Website Compatibility

The last new feature we’ve included in these extensions is the automatic updating of the username and password Field IDs. When you save a record, the browser extension will automatically populate these fields for you:

These IDs tell the browser extension where exactly on the web page to autofill the username and password. Websites are constantly updated, and these fields occasionally change, which previously stopped the autofill process from occurring.

With the new browser extensions, if these field IDs change on website the extension will automatically update them in Passwordstate. If you have multiple logins for the same webpage, it will update all of them.

This feature will significantly improve the auto-filling compatibility of the browser extensions.

 

Beta Information

On the 11th September 2019, Click Studios have released build 8782 of Passwordstate which supports the new Browser extension (Beta 2). You’ll need to upgrade to this build of Passwordstate, and then you can install the beta version of the new extension on as many machines as you like.

Upgrading Passwordstate will not affect your existing Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Internet Explorer extensions at all.  You can continue to use those as well as use the beta extension.

To upgrade Passwordstate, please follow one of the upgrade options in this document: https://www.clickstudios.com.au/downloads/version8/Upgrade_Instructions.pdf

The beta version of the extension can be downloaded directly from Click Studios’ website:  https://www.clickstudios.com.au/downloads/temp/ChromeExtension_Build8782_Beta.zip

Once you have extracted this zip file to your local drive, follow this process to load it into Chrome:

Step 1:

In Chrome, type chrome://extensions/ into your address bar, and then turn on Developer mode in the top right hand corner of your screen:

Step 2:

On the same page, click the “Load Unpacked” button, and then browse to the extracted zip file you downloaded from the Click Studios website:

Step 3:

Now the extension should appear in your browser, and it will be red.  Browse to your Passwordstate website and login, and the extension will turn grey, indicating that it is configured and ready to use.

 

When using an offline Chrome extension, Chrome will prompt you every time you open your browser, asking you to disable the extension.  Unfortunately this is a feature of Chrome that you cannot disable, so you’ll need to dismiss this prompt whilst using the beta version of the extension.  

 

When Click Studios release the extension to the Google store, you should uninstall this beta version and then download and install it from the store, and you will no longer get this popup every time  you open your browser.

 

Enjoy the new browser extensions and as always if you have any questions please email via support@clickstudios.com.au

 

Regards,

Click Studios

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