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Hi,

 

I was using text expansion in Chrome for like 2 years or so. It's my most used feature and so I was shocked to see this particular feature was no longer working.

 

Alfred told me (on the snippets tab):

"Google Chrome seems to be preventing text expansion by locking secure entry"

 

I was then following the trouble shooting page:

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/troubleshooting/snippets/

 

I made sure it's enabled in "Privacy" and logged out and on again. No help. I am also using the latest alfred.

 

Also, when I close Chrome and use Firefox (Alfred being restarted) it does not work. In this case it tells me process 1488 is blocking the expansion. Doing "ps ax | grep 1488" does not show a process with this number.

 

Anything else I can do? I am in desperate need!

 

Thanks,

Christian

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Chrome gets confused sometimes and doesn't turn off secure input. It has been this way for several years. The only solution is to reboot, as the process that enabled secure input is no longer around to disable it again.

 

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1 hour ago, deanishe said:

Chrome gets confused sometimes and doesn't turn off secure input. It has been this way for several years. The only solution is to reboot, as the process that enabled secure input is no longer around to disable it again.

 

 

Thank you, but unfortunately rebooting didn't help.

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2 minutes ago, deanishe said:

What does Alfred say is preventing expansion now? Still a non-existant process?

 

Now it is Firefox (I have the latest version here as well)

 

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1 minute ago, deanishe said:

What do you have open in Firefox?

 

Hi again,

I tried a few more things now.

- Restart -> Sublime works

- Opening Firefox -> stops working

- Message: "Sublime prevents..."

 

I was restarting and then opening WhatsApp Desktop, which is as I assume a packaged web app. Broke.

Looks like whenever I open a browser it stops working.

 

What I opened for testing is either alfredforum.com or fastmail.com

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Now here is another test:

  1. restart
  2. open Alfred Preferences
  3. open Chrome - so far nothing on the Pref-Panel
  4. open jsonlint.com
  5. enabled snippet - broke. Pref Panel shows "Alfred Preferences..."

See the attached file.u79cjMW.png

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AFAIK, Sublime and Alfred Preferences don't use secure input.

 

So basically, when you open a browser (or browser-based app), Alfred says the previous application has enabled secure input?

 

Do you have any other applications, like Typinator or TextExpander, which also tell you which app has enabled secure input? Do they say the same as Alfred?

 

Do you have any browser extensions for password management? Or password manager apps?

 

Perhaps @Andrew has some thoughts?

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20 minutes ago, deanishe said:

Do you have any browser extensions for password management? Or password manager apps?

 

Perhaps @Andrew has some thoughts?

 

Actually I have a password manager and will try to disable it! It's actually also installed on both browsers.

 

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Oh no. It looks like my password manager enpass.io is causing the issues. I removed it from Chrome and all of a sudden worked again.

 

Is there anything I can tell the Enpass developers to fix their plugin?

 

Thanks anyway for helping me!

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18 minutes ago, dunsany said:

Is there anything I can tell the Enpass developers to fix their plugin?

 

Just explain the issue, I guess. Their extension is enabling secure input when it's not in use and breaking snippet expanders on macOS.

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