How to update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome has a password suggestion feature, and also a built-in password manager which, if you’re not a fan of services like Lastpass, you might actually use. The passwords in Chrome are saved whenever you login into a website. Chrome offers to save them or you can set it to always save a password. That said, if you update a password or you enter the wrong one but Chrome saves it anyway, you will have to manually edit it. Here’s how you can edit and update saved passwords in Chrome.

Update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome doesn’t have a very proactive password manager which is why it doesn’t have a simple way to edit or update passwords. The only way to change an incorrect password is to delete the incorrect entry, and then replace it with a correct one.

Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, click Autofill in the column on the left. Under the Autofill section, click Passwords.

Alternatively, paste the following in the URL bar and tap Enter.

chrome://settings/passwords

You will see a complete list of all the passwords that Chrome has saved. If you want, you can click the little eye icon next to a saved password and view it. You will be prompted to enter your system’s password or PIN to proceed. The passwords here can only be viewed and not edited. As we said before, removing them is the only option. Click the more options button next to a saved password that you want to update and select ‘Remove’ from the menu.

The password will be removed. No authentication is required to remove a password.

Once the password has been removed, navigate to the website that it was for. If you’re signed in, sign out and then sign in again. When you sign in again, Chrome will offer to save the new login credentials.

Password editing isn’t a complex feature and many stand alone password managers allow you to edit passwords without having to create an entry for them all over again. The reason behind why Chrome doesn’t offer something similar may have to do with security. The Autofill data is synced with your Chrome profile and allowing it to be changed means that someone might be able to change the data with the right tools. It’s a small possibility but it’s there nevertheless which is why it’s probably best to just make sure the data can’t be edited at all.

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How to ping a website from five different locations

You can ping a website or a computer from your desktop. All you need is a command line app. Command Prompt on Windows 10, or Terminal on macOS do the job. The ping is of course only sent from your system and your current location. This comes with limitations; if a website you’re trying to ping has been blocked in your area, the ping result will make you think it’s not responding. You can always use a service like Down for everyone or just me to check it, or you can ping a website from five different locations using FreshPing.

Ping a website from five different locations

FreshPing is a web app and takes any and all pain, however small it is, out of pinging a website. You don’t have to remember the ping command, you only need to enter the URL to the website you want to ping, and click the ‘Ping Now’ button.

The ping doesn’t take more than a second to send if everything is up and running. It won’t take more than a minute regardless. Scroll down and you can see the five different regions the website was pinged from. You will get a break down of how long it took for the DNS to respond, how long the TCP connection time takes, the TLC time, and when the website was able to establish the connection.

The total time the ping request took is given at the end but if you hover your mouse over one of the other sections, you can get the precise time for it as well.

The ping is sent from five major regions over the world; Asia, the US west and east coasts, the South African east coast, and the European Union. The cities the ping was sent from are also given next to each region and they’ll be the same regardless of what time you ping a website.

This tool can check if a website is up, and how slow/fast it is to respond. It will not check if a website is blocked in your country. If you’re unable to access the website yourself, it might be your ISP, or a regional restriction. It’s also possible that the website itself is blocking traffic from your area. Regionally restricted content is a thing; Netflix is a prime example of this though it only blocks specific content and you have to use a VPN for Netflix to get around it. The same applies for any other website that is blocking traffic from your region.

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How to create a keyboard shortcut for Chrome pages

Chrome’s internal pages don’t all have keyboard shortcuts  associated with them. You can open the Downloads page with the Ctrl+J keyboard shortcut, the History page with Ctrl+H, and  that’s about it. There are other internal pages that you might need to access with a keyboard shortcut. You might be able to get an extension for the job but there’s an internal feature that you can use to open Chrome internal pages with a keyboard shortcut.

Keyboard shortcut for Chrome pages

Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. Scroll down to the Search Engines section, or select it from the left. Under Search Engines, you’ll find the ‘Manage search engines’ option there. Click it.

On the page that lists the various search engines, click the Add button. You’ll get the following box.

In the name field, enter the name of the Chrome page you want to access. In the keyword field, enter the first few letters, or just the one letter that you want to use to access the page.

In the URL field, enter the address of the Chrome page. To get the address, visit the page in Chrome and copy the URL. That’s what goes there. Click Add.

The Chrome page now exists as a search engine. You now need to access it. To do that, click inside the URL bar and enter the letter or letters you set as the keyword for the page. Tap the Tab key, and then tap Enter. It will take you to the Chrome page.

This isn’t the same as, e.g., using Ctrl+E to access the Chrome extensions’ page but out of the box, and without an extension this is what works. With Chrome, you want to keep your extensions limited to what is absolutely necessary because they tend to drag down the browser’s performance. If you factor in the fact that Chrome already uses a lot of RAM, you won’t want to install extensions when you can avoid them.

That said, if you still want a simpler way to create keyboard shortcuts for Chrome page, you’re going to have to look for extensions to do the job and they’re going to have to be installed for almost all the pages you want to access. That’s going to add up which is why the above trick is better. If you find an extension that lets you create custom keyboard shortcuts for various URLs, then just the one will do the job.

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How to enable/disable multiple downloads in Chrome

Chrome is capable of downloading multiple files. In fact, it’s the default setting however, it does have one small road block. If you attempt to download multiple files from the same website, it will block them. This is a security measure. A malicious website may download more than one file when you click a download link and the other files may be malicious. This feature makes it so that the other downloads only proceed if you confirm them. Chrome basically asks that you confirm you were the one that initiated all the downloads. That said, you can enable/disable multiple downloads in Chrome on a per-site basis, or disable the feature altogether.

Multiple downloads in Chrome

Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, scroll down and click Advanced. Under the Privacy & security section click Site Settings.

Select the Automatic Downloads option. By default, the ‘Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’ is enabled. This is what prompts you to confirm that a website can download multiple files when it attempts to. Turn it off and all websites will be able to download multiple files at once.

Under the switch will be a list of websites that you’ve allowed to download multiple files at once, and which ones you’ve blocked. You can remove a website by clicking the more options button next to a website and select Block or Remove. Likewise, you can select a website, click the more options button next to it, and select the Allow option to allow it to download multiple files at once.

It goes without saying, that the safest thing to do is to enable the ‘Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended)’ option, and then use the block and allow lists to control which websites can and cannot download multiple files.

If you’re visiting a particularly shady website that has multiple download buttons, not all of which are legit, this option can help. It’s not going to highlight the correct download button or link but in case you end up clicking the wrong one and it tries to download loads of files, Chrome will stop it.

When you allow a website to download multiple files, it is automatically added to the Allow list under the Automatic downloads. Any time you want to revoke a website’s permissions, that’s where you should look.

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How to enable Flash player in Chrome

If you use Chrome as your default browser, it may have shown you a message telling you Flash is going to be discontinued in December 2020 which, technically, is a good year away. Still, the warning comes with a little button that lets you disable Flash right away. If you clicked it and are interested in using Flash for the rest of its lifespan, you can enable it again fairly easily.

Flash player in Chrome

Enabling Flash in Chrome is fairly easy. Open the browser and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, scroll to the end and click Advanced. Click ‘Site Settings’.

Go through the various settings for websites and you will find Flash. Click it and on the Flash screen, turn the switch On.

This will enable Flash however, it will still not run automatically when a website needs it to. Although Flash is enabled in Chrome, it runs on a need-to-run only basis. This means that when you encounter a website that needs to run Flash, you will still see the ‘Adobe Flash Player is blocked’ message where the flash content is supposed to play.

To get it to play, click the little pad lock icon in the URL bar. In the menu that opens,  you will see a Flash option with a dropdown next to it. Open it, and select Allow. The page will reload automatically. If it doesn’t, go ahead and refresh it yourself. When the page reloads, the Flash based content will play.

What happens in December 2020?

December 2020 is, at the time of writing, a good 17 months away. That’s over a year. Anyone who is still running Flash content on a website is going to have to update it to use something else. YouTube used to run on Flash too but it has long since switched over to HTML5.

Not all flash content, especially the games, can just be moved to HTML5. The content that can be ported over to HTML5 will take time and it’s really on its last leg if the most popular web browser is now showing prompts to disable it.

For websites that do not update their content, they likely will no longer work after the deadline. It’s not even a browser limitation once the deadline passes. Flash is going to be discontinued. Any hacks to get around it will be unsafe and they will expire soon.

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