Browsers with Password Manager
Updated: February 01, 2020
2018. Microsoft Edge gets password-less authenticator
Microsoft Edge users no longer need passwords to log onto their favorite websites. All they need is Microsoft's new web authenticator to get in, which relies on fingerprints, facial recognition, and special PINs. This new feature accessible via Windows Hello is akin to Google's and Firefox's authenticators, which launched months ago. So while it's revolutionary for Microsoft, the tech company is pretty far behind. No wonder Edge only holds 4.19 percent of the market share as of publishing time. The purely virtual nature of Web Authenticator means if someone gets ahold of your device, the interloper has no way of getting in, since there is no longer a system on the device to hack. Its entire security process is essentially outsourced to Microsoft as a third party.
2016. Mozilla launches Firefox Focus - private web browser for iPhone
Mozilla introduced a new mobile web browser for iOS - Firefox Focus, that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. The mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.
2015. Opera browser gets password sync, VPN-protection
Earlier this year, Opera bought SurfEasy, a virtual private networking (VPN) service that helps users maintain their privacy and surf safely. And now this technology is integrated in Opera for Windows, Mac and Linux. For now, this integration is pretty light, though. When you open a private tab in Opera 32, the browser will pop up a link to download SurfEasy. That’s it for the time being, but chances are the company is working on a tighter integration between its tools and SurfEasy. Besides its browsers, Opera Max, its compression-centric proxy service for Android, seems like a natural fit for a SurfEasy integration. Also new in this version are improved syncing options. Most importantly, this means you can now also sync your password in addition to your bookmarks, tabs and other browser data. Other new features include the option to see your bookmarks in a tree view to make it easier for users with lots of bookmarks to organize them.
2014. Firefox 29 - the most important update in the history
That's what Mozilla executive says about the new Firefox version. However, this update can be briefly described as: "Firefox has become very similar to Google Chrome". Menus, toolbars and tabs now occupy less space and menu migrated to the same place where it's located in Chrome. And it has become faster - just like Chrome. Indeed, this is the fastest Firefox ever. And the safest (as Mozilla says). In addition, the developers link a new online service to the browser - Firefox Accounts. It allows to sync bookmarks, browsing history and passwords between user computers and mobile devices. Also we note the appearance of WebRTC support - it's a standard for video chat in the browser without plugins.
2010. Google wants to make sys admins happy before putting them out of job
As the popularity of web-applications growing, the power goes from operating system to browser. The role of the browser is increasing even more thanks to HTML5 implementation that removes third-party plugins (like Flash). That's why the Chrome browser and browser-based operating system Chrome OS - are strategical products for Google. And, of course, one of the most important objectives is their deployment in the Enterprise. Though Chrome was created with security in mind, so far it really could not even be a consideration for most large corporate IT departments, because of the lack of admin features. In many companies, it was even forbidden by IT, and because of this a year ago Google developed the plug-in Chrome Frame for Internet Explorer, which allows you to embed Chrome into IE bypassing system administrator. But now Google has decided not to play catch-up with the sys admins and released today Google Chrome for Business. Chrome for the business comes with MSI-installer and allows to use standard deployment tools to install the browser for all managed users and supports different security policies (e.g. enable/disable extensions, control the the password manager, set the proxy server, etc.). It is interesting that a month ago, Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering in charge of Chrome, said that "we hope that Chrome will put corporate sys admins out of their jobs because everything will just be updated automatically over the web." Of course, in this case he meant Chrome OS, but the Chrome browser - is the first (and big) step towards the Chrome OS.