New Chrome extension checks your passwords against data breaches


For instance, Google might tell third-parties app partners that your account was hijacked or that it required you to sign in again because of suspicious account activity, but beyond that, it doesn't sound like it'll share too many details in the interest of user privacy. With it, users will receive a notification via Chrome should your login credentials be compromised on any particular site you visit.

"We designed Password Checkup to only alert you when all of the information necessary to access your account has fallen into the hands of an attacker", Google promises. This will trigger an automatic warning and suggest changing your password.

The tool has been designed with the help of cryptography experts at Stanford University, the firm said, adding that it had been built with "privacy at its heart" and as such will never reveal account information to Google.

There's also a new initiative called Cross Account Protection. "Using unique passwords is important for good password management, and tools like password managers can help you easily generate and store strong unique passwords".

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Yesterday was Safer Internet Day, and to mark the occasion Google launched a couple of new tools to enhance you and your data's safety. Once you install it, it will check whether your password's safe to use every time you log into a website.

Google says that it won't keep bombarding you with alerts for just any username/password combination to avoid "fatiguing" the user. And chances are you likely already your passwords stored using Autofill in Chrome anyway. It is claimed to proactively detect and respond to security threats.

"As part of this, we regularly reset the passwords of Google accounts affected by third-party data breaches in the event of password reuse". "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". Cross Account Protection will start working with apps and sites that support it. 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.