This Google Chrome extension will tell if your password has been hacked

Judy Cobb
February 9, 2019

Cross Account Protection helps address this challenge.

Wherever you sign-in, if you enter a username and password that is no longer safe due to appearing in a data breach known to Google, you'll receive an alert - prompting you to change your password. "This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help".

Using the same password to log in to multiple accounts increases your security risk. "Through our initiative, we want to nudge Internet users by asking them #SecurityCheckKiya and encourage them to take action", Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety, Google India, said in a statement. Google has introduced a new Chrome Extension that will detect stolen account details. Furthermore, so many passwords have been already compromised that many are floating around the Internet. Google admits that it could be hard for users to create and remember multiple passwords, so the search giant recommends people to use password managers or even write down the passwords in a piece of paper stored in a safe place. "We'll never stop improving our defences to keep you safe online", Thomas said.

Google has released a browser extension created to alert users if they are using passwords that have been compromised. "We do report anonymous information about the number of lookups that surface an unsafe credential", the description of the plugin states.

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It goes without saying that you will have to trust Google and hand over your data to be used for any of the features above.

Google and its academic partners said they have developed new privacy-preserving techniques, which means that Google will never access a user's username or password, and that any breach data stays safe from wider exposure. A quarter of them (26 percent) say they use a security check tool such as Google Security Checkup at least once a month. In a nutshell, if your account is hacked or data exposed in any data breach, Google will notify the information to the apps and websites you've logged into with your Google account.

Google has rolled out two new tools starting this week enhancing security for users' accounts.

In the unfortunate occasion of account compromise, setting up a recovery email or mobile device will help online services inform its subscribers of possible suspicious activity.

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