New Chrome extension will let you know if your password is unsafe

Google password checkup

Google password checkup

To learn more about the privacy aspect, you can read up on the inner workings on Password Checkup in this Google Blog.

To put it simply, whenever you input your username and password to sign-on on to a website, the Password Checkup extension will automatically compare those entries to a database that contains over 4 billion compromised credentials.

To coincide with the launch, the search giant also released new research from YouGov (conducted on its behalf) which found that people in the United Kingdom are security conscious when it comes to their online passwords.

Google is celebrating Safer Internet Day with two updates to protect user data, including your priceless usernames and passwords. If the checker detects that a user's credentials were exposed, Google will alert the user and suggest they reset their password, not only for that specific site but for anywhere the same username and password combinations are used.

Google is making it very clear that using Password Checkup does not share any identifying information about users, their accounts, passwords, or devices.

Google also launched a new "Cross Account Protection" tool for websites that require you to log in with Google.

Google says it will only share minimal information with other services and has developed new privacy-protecting techniques alongside cryptography researchers from Google and Stanford University.

In cases where a hacker may get access to your Google account, the new Cross Account Protection feature can help you quickly get back to safety. To help keep us safer, a number of services have emerged.

At a high level, Password Checkup needs to query Google about the breach status of a username and password without revealing the information queried. While the Google account itself has had added protections to deal with attackers and malicious parties, it is the first time the company is improving the security of Google sign-in for third-party platforms.

Password Checkup is an extension to the Chrome browser.

With it Google will tell apps and sites that have implemented the login option that an account was hijacked.

Google says it will continue to tweak the tool over time, improving site compatibility and the detection of user-name/password fields.

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