Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Google boosts password security with new Chrome extension

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Kayla Schwartz | 09 February, 2019, 00:58

In an effort to further secure the data of its users, Google has launched a new Chrome extension called Password Checkup to protect all of a user's accounts from third-party data breaches. In other words, there's no real downside to installing the extension and helping protect your online accounts. If not, you'll get a message that one ore more of your passwords are no longer safe due to a data breach, and you'll be prompted to change them.

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. But soon enough, I started using online banking services, signed up on Facebook, had a Twitter account, a Paypal account, a Feedly account, an account on my most visited news and gaming sites, accounts on AliExpress, Amazon, Flipkart and half a dozen more shopping sites.

"We want to help you stay safe not just on Google, but elsewhere on the web as well", Google said today. On Tuesday, Google published a Chrome plugin that will report if the login info you use in say, Yahoo, has been stolen.

With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords.

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?

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And you need not worry about your data outside of the regular Google environment, to go to the company. If your kids have an Android or Chromebook device, you can use the Family Link app to do things like manage their Google Account settings, approve or block the apps and websites they can use, and set screen time limits.

For those anxious about their credentials ending up in Google's hands or the hands of hackers who might compromise or abuse the extension, the company offers reassurance.

Google has always been interested in protecting Chrome users' passwords, in part because they are often the very same ones used to access Google services.

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

"We help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to security threats".

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