Google's New Chrome Extension Will Alert You If Your Password Is Compromised

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On Safer Internet Day, Google gives you three tips to keep your device and data safe

If the password is involved in a breach that Google is aware of, the extension issues a warning to let you know that resetting the password is recommended, thus making sure that hackers wouldn't get access to your data. With it, users will receive a notification via Chrome should your login credentials be compromised on any particular site you visit. It's nearly impossible to keep up with all the breaches and your password situation, but a new Chrome extension from Google is here to help.

"We built Password Checkup so that no one, including Google, can learn your account details", the firm explains.

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Google has also added cross-account protection, in an attempt to keep you protected while using apps that require your Google account to log in. If you don't change your passwords on a regular basis, it's possible that valid credentials are floating freely on the Internet, just waiting for a nefarious party to exploit.

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.

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Google says that it won't keep bombarding you with alerts for just any username/password combination to avoid "fatiguing" the user. Password Checkup addresses all of these requirements by using multiple rounds of hashing, k-anonymity, private information retrieval, and a technique called blinding. Some protections havent extended to the app you use for Google Sign In, so Cross Account Protection comes in handy. The users' passwords and usernames will be encrypted so Google won't actually be able to see them itself.

Again, Google stressed that it would only share data about the security event, basic information such as if an account was hijacked or suspicious activity as detected, and only share this data with apps that people have logged into using Google Sign In. Google says the extension will be further refined over the coming months.

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You can find out more on the Google Security blog. Sixty-nine percent of respondents rated themselves highly for how they protect their accounts, even though the responses to other questions in the poll would seem to indicate otherwise.

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