Google Chrome Will Check Your Passwords to Determine If They're Compromised

Online security

To put it simply, whenever you input your username and password to sign-on on to a website, the Password Checkup extension will automatically compare those entries to a database that contains over 4 billion compromised credentials. Less than a quarter (23 percent) of respondents indicated that they believe having long passwords is a good best practice for cyber-security. If it detects that your password or account is unsafe you'll get an automatic warning informing you that you ought to change your password.

On the other hand, Google's new Password Checkup extensions works more proactively to check actual usernames and passwords entered in login forms.

The second new tool, called Cross Account Protection, has been designed for incidents when hackers do make it inside a user's Google account, the company said. With this extension, Chrome will automatically let you know when you're using a password that's been compromised.

Google has introduced two new tools it says will help users secure their data and passwords.

For those concerned about privacy, Google says not to worry.

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Find out if your passwords are still secure with Password Checkup. And chances are you likely already your passwords stored using Autofill in Chrome anyway. Unfortunately, these protections haven't extended to the apps that you sign into with Google Sign In.

"Google helps keep your account safe from hijacking with a defense in depth strategy that spans prevention, detection, and mitigation", blogged the company's anti-abuse team.

"Since this is a first version, we will continue refining it over the coming months, including improving site compatibility and username and password field detection", Google said. From there, the app/site can take actions to help protect you, such as forcing you to log back in. Created to be implemented by apps and sites, it means Google is able to tell them that an issue that could put information at risk has been detected.

In advance of today's Safe Internet Day, Google surveyed a pool of 3,000 consumers to understand people's beliefs and current behaviors around online security.

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