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

Alfred Osborne
February 9, 2019

If your kids have an Android or Chromebook device, you can use the Family Link app to do things like manage their Google Account settings, approve or block the apps and websites they can use, and set screen time limits. Google, too, has seen such attacks, reporting to have blocked attacks on almost 110 million users in the past with the same database of four billion leaked credentials that it's now using to power the Password Checkup tool. If someone tries to log into your account after you have the new plugin for Chrome installed, you will receive a number of alerts warning you that your data has been compromised and advising you to change your affected passwords immediately. If they have, the extension will warn the user and suggest they change their password.

"This is concerning", says Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda who heads up Public Policy and Government Relations at Google South Africa.

To that end, the company has released a new Chrome extension called Password Checkup.

"With technologies like "Password Checkup" and Cross Account Protection, we're continuing to improve the security of our users across the internet, not just on Google". Cross Account Protection notifies connected applications of security breaches and suspicious activity so their built-in security mechanisms can respond appropriately.

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While the user's account details are sent to Google's servers, the search giant "developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University" to make sure that no one, including Google employees, can see those accounts' details. Honestly, this feature is a bit more focused on the technical backend, so I'll let Google explain this one. "And we only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google". On Tuesday, Google published a Chrome plugin that will report if the login info you use in say, Yahoo, has been stolen.

Internet users in Ireland score highly in relation to password security but fail to maintain good online safety habits, a survey by YouGov commissioned by Google has found.

Google assures that the information to be shared with those third-parties is fairly limited. and includes "basic information about the event".

Last month, hackers dumped more than 2.2 billion usernames and passwords on internet compromising the security of personal information.

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