Locking your browser with a password is the best way to increase your online security. Here’s how in a desktop browser.
If you share your device with other people, we recommend locking your browser. Entering the password won’t take up much of your time, but it will definitely protect your privacy.
We will see how to password protect your browser on your PC. Let’s dive in.
Download/Download Browser Lock Extension
Since there is no built-in method to protect most browsers with a password, we have to use an extension. For the purposes of this article, we will be using the Browser Lock Extension, available for Chrome, Edge, and Opera.
After you install the extension, you have to configure the settings. The first thing to do is register with an account. Click on the extension icon and select Change Settings. Set a password and enter your email address. After the registration process, Chrome redirects you to a new page to configure the settings.
By default, you will activate Browser Lock. To prevent someone from guessing your password, you can enable Deep Security. This is a feature that locks the login option for three minutes after three failed login attempts.
We recommend keeping the password recovery option open so you can’t be locked out of your own browser. Best of all, this extension has the option to clear history after three wrong guesses. Even if someone gains access to your browser, your browsing data will not be there.
Lock Your Browser
After you add your password and configure the settings, you can lock your browser in the following ways:
- Embed extension to Chrome Toolbar.
- Click on extension icon.
- choose Browser Lock.
Alternatively, you can right-click anywhere on the screen, hovering over Browser Lock, and choose Browser Lock.
Login Again/Log In
When you lock your browser, Browser Lock will display a window to login. To unlock it, enter your password and log in. If you forget your password, you can click the Menu icon in the upper right corner and recover your password.
The best part about this extension is that you won’t lose tabs by locking the browser. Each time you log in again, the previously opened tabs will appear automatically.
Protect Your Privacy
Many browsers know too much about you. So when browsing, it’s important to make sure you have the highest level of privacy. While browsers have built-in security features, you can further enhance your privacy by using third-party browser extensions.