Google’s Chrome team recently came under fire for its long-held practice of making saved passwords visible in plain text.

If you hand your computer to a friend or leave it unguarded and unlocked, the friend or a passerby could go into Chrome’s settings and view any website passwords you’ve saved without typing in your system password. Chrome still makes passwords viewable in plain text by default, but the latest build of Chromium for Mac—the open source browser from which Chrome draws its code—gives users a new way to protect their passwords.

If you type chrome://flags into the address bar, you’ll find this: If you enable password manager reauthentication and then restart the browser, the next time you view your list of passwords you’ll be prompted to enter the system password before being allowed to view them in plain text:     

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