Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google boosts password security with Password Checkup Chrome extension

Google boosts password security with Password Checkup Chrome extension

Cross Account Protect aims to fix this vulnerability. If they have, the extension will warn the user and suggest they change their password.

Google has announced a new security feature for Chrome browser, but this time it comes in the form of an extension that can be downloaded by users on all desktop platforms.

This technology is created to help consumers to identify and re-secure accounts affected by data breaches before their at-risk accounts are abused.

Google's Password Checkup plugin won't do anything until it detects that you've logged into a site whose data has been previously compromised.

The extension won't flag up weak passwords, such as "password" or "123456", or in cases where a user's outdated passwords, which have since been reset, were breached.

It's all too easy to find out your email and passwords have been included in a breach, so if your browser can tell you, wouldn't it be useful?

Google says, "A user should use the security check-up because it developed the extension with Stanford University cryptography researchers and it won't share your passwords or usernames with anyone at Google".

In times when data breaches and account hacking is on an indefinite rise, Google has come up with some welcome additions to its suite of security offerings for consumers.

Google-commissioned research from YouGov found that, for the most part, people in the United Kingdom are security conscious online when it comes to passwords.

Cross Account Protection feature, which is more aimed at app developers, will help in protecting apps where you've signed into with Google account.

Your passwords are never seen by Google (the company only stores a hashed, partial code for unsafe passwords in your Chrome browser), and Google claims the extension "never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device". We only share basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if we forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity.

As the number of compromised and leaked credentials rises inexorably with each passing day, Google has made a decision to help users choose safe combinations for all their online accounts. "With technologies like Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, we're continuing to improve the security of our users across the internet, not just on Google - and we'll never stop improving our defences to keep you safe online".

Add to it the fact that hackers are becoming smarter by the day and data breaches by some of our most trusted sites do not even surprise us anymore.

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