Google Chrome Can Now Warn If Passwords Have Been Compromised

Some people need Password Checkup more than others

Now, to use Password Checkup in Chrome, users will need to ensure that sync encryption is not active. When you select the "Check passwords" button, the Password Checkup tool will analyze your saved passwords and tells you if any of your passwords have been compromised in a third-party breach, how many reused passwords you are using, and which passwords are considered weak.

At the start of Cybersecurity Awareness Month Google is launching new capabilities that make it easier than ever for people to create, remember, and save their passwords, and to know whether any have been compromised. By providing this tool, Google says it wants to help the user to stay safe against the increasing security issues which were demonstrated to be on the increase by Harris Poll.

Finally (and sadly), only 45 percent of the respondents would change their password to an online account following a data breach.

Now, the company has made a decision to integrate this feature directly into its password manager, which is the feature in Chrome that asks if you want to save the login credentials for online services and reuse them later.

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In the near future, Chrome will come will Password Checkup built in so users won't need to download an extension or take any extra steps to use the feature. Password reuse can often lead from the compromise of an initial account to hacks at multiple services.

Oh look! An old email account, and a bunch of old passwords, were pwned. The feature, which is not new for Google web and Android phones, will be introduced in Chrome browser before the year ends.

Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind.

Once that's been deactivated, the Password Checkup is an automatic tool, just as the extension version was. Almost half of the users who have downloaded the extension have received warnings for compromised passwords. Users can access Password Checkup on their device via the official "Google" Android app. These include an incognito mode for Maps, so activity like the places you search for, won't be saved to your Google Account and won't be used to personalize your Maps experience. This is, of course, another reason to enable two-factor authentication for your Google account. It allows bad actors to gain access to one account and then use the password to log into other accounts. Google and other popular web platforms, including several social media platforms regular send alerts and attempt to educate its users about better password hygiene.

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