Google's new Chrome extension flags insecure passwords

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

Today is Safer Internet Day and Google has taken the opportunity to introduce a new Chrome extension called Password Checkup. And email accounts, social networks, bank accounts, online stores, chat platforms, etc. all contain sensitive personal information that needs to be protected.

"It would be an incredible feat to have not had one of your passwords stolen in a data breach in recent years, so hopefully Google's new tool will be a way of highlighting this and reminding you to change it", he pointed out.

Password Checkup is a new extension that can be added to the Google Chrome browser.

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 password used appears on any data breach lists the user will receive an alert urging them to reset the password.

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Google also means to publish a paper with the details about the extension's underlying protocols and cryptographic principles, so that independent experts might evaluate them.

With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords.

According to Google, the extension doesn't check individual usernames and passwords, but both items at the same time, as a combo.

Google, however, says that it does collect statistics related to breaches and incidents, which should technically help the company improve the service.

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Google has released a browser extension created to alert users if they are using passwords that have been compromised.

Meanwhile, people who have Google accounts may easily know the other steps they need to take to improve their online security through the search giant's Security Checkup feature.

"Your privacy and security is of the utmost importance", says Kurt Thomas, security and anti-abuse research scientist at Google.

The other tool, aimed at developers, is Cross Account Protection, this addresses vulnerabilities in third-party sites and apps that you may have signed into using your Google credentials. A new tool called Cross Account Protection will trigger notifications for security events like account hijacking so that you can be better protected. Here Google will "only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google". Given that many people use the same login credentials for multiple websites and apps, hackers could be able to gain access to more than just the website they stole the login information from.

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