Google Releases Password Checkup Chrome Extension

Leroy Wright
February 6, 2019

Further, this information is only shared with apps where you're logged in with Google. 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.

Google has partnered with cryptography experts at Stanford University on the development of a new Chrome extension created to help keep your accounts safe from hijacking.

The team have designed a system whereby not only does Google not know the username and password combination you used, when the extension performs a check against the breach database that traffic is heavily encrypted, meaning your details remain secure even if intercepted by a man in the middle style attack.

Google is attempting to make Chrome users more secure with the release of a new extension that automatically checks to see if the passwords you are using are safe.

Google jointed developed the extension with cryptography experts at Stanford University.

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Also worth mentioning is the fact that Google will only alert you if both your current username and password appear in a breach.

This means the extension won't show alerts when users use simple passwords such as "123456", but only when both the username and password have been found together, as a combo, in previously leaked data. When apps and sites have implemented it, we're able to send information about security events-like an account hijacking, for instance-to them so they can protect you, too.

Google says it only shares if the event happened and necessary information like whether someone hijacked your account or if you are required to log in again because of suspicious activity.

The information Google says it'll share with those third-parties seems to be fairly limited, and includes "basic information about the event".

An official Google blog posting says the company "designed Password Checkup to prevent an attacker from abusing Password Checkup to reveal unsafe usernames and passwords". But nothing beats the convenience of having an extension installed on the world's most popular browser to automatically do the dirty work for you.

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