GOOGLE PASSWORD CHECKUP
Google has come up with a new Chrome extension that seeks to secure users’ accounts.
On Safer Internet Day, Google has released a new Chrome extension named “Password Checkup” that checks if the usernames and password combinations entered in login forms have been leaked online during past data breaches and security incidents.
The new Google Chrome extension, called Password Checkup, warns users if their login credentials have been compromised and thus helps protect accounts from data breaches.
If the username and password combo is found in Google’s internal database of unsafe credentials, the extension will display a pop-up alerting the user that the credentials must be changed, as shown in the picture above.
We want to help you stay safe not just on Google, but elsewhere on the web as well. This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help. Whenever you sign in to a site, Password Checkup will trigger a warning if the username and password you use is one of over 4 billion credentials that Google knows to be unsafe.
Together with cryptography experts at Stanford University, Password Checkup was designed to ensure that Google never learns your username or password and that any breach data is safe from wider exposure“, said Google.
Google wants consumers to realize that this is the company’s first attempt with the new extension and that there may be hiccups along the way.
Since this is a first version, we will continue refining it over the coming months, including improving site compatibility and username and password field detection,” Google said.