Google boosts password security with Password Checkup Chrome extension

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Similarly, half of Irish internet users use two-step verification for "some but not all" of their online accounts, with a further 20% claiming to use this highly secure method of log-in for all their internet services. There are similar services available from other providers if you don't use Chrome or don't want to use Google's password manager.

When Password Checkup detects an account that has been exposed in a cyberattack, it notifies the user of the issue and asks the person to change the password.

If the username and password combo are found in Google's internal database of unsafe credentials, the extension will show a popup alerting the user that he needs to change the credentials. But again, a majority (33%) of people have never used an online tool such as Google Security Checkup to review their online security settings, with another 13% only referring to them less than every 6 months. Google has launched a solution in the new Password Checkup Chrome extension.

The two services are called Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, and help protect users not just when they're using Google's sites and apps, but beyond that as well. Even if the user chooses a strong password, it's useless if it is used for all accounts.

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The "Cross Account Protection" has been designed as a safety tool for the apps and websites require a Google sign-in.

However, Jennifer Pullman, Kurt Thomas, and Elie Bursztein, members of Google's security and anti-abuse research team, have assured their users that Google never goes on to 'learn' its usernames or thee passwords associated with them in spite of collecting the same.

Called the Google Password Checkup, the plugin will function across any login environment. Basically, you'll only be notified if a username and password combination that you're now using has been exposed in a known breach.

Google said it would start encouraging users to take the security check-up of their account on its homepage in English and seven Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu from Tuesday, the Safer Internet Day. Add Google account on devices, to be able to find it, so if a device is lost or stolen, "Find My Device" app from Google can help locate a lost Android device, and keep your device and information secure.

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