Every now and then, login credentials get compromised. Once a password is out in the open, it can no longer be considered as secure. While there are websites out there that help concerned users figure out whether passwords are secure or not, tech giant Google, has stepped in with ‘Password Checkup’ — a new Chrome extension to help the cause. Through this extension, Chrome will alert you when you’re using a password that’s been compromised.
Noting that the Password Checkup extension, which can be installed here from the Chrome web store, was crafted in a way that prevents even Google from seeing your login information, the company says usernames and passwords will be compared to a known collection of 4 billion login credentials known to be compromised.
If you fall within the category, you’ll then be alerted about your login credentials having been leaked in the past; and prompted to change your password.
Google also launched a second tool, ‘Cross Account Protection’ to help with single sign-in issues in the event your Google Account gets hacked. With this, Google can share details of an account breach with its SSO partners to enable them take action as well.
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Google assures that the information to be shared with those third-parties is fairly limited. and includes “basic information about the event.” As an example, Google might tell third-parties app partners that due to suspicious account activity, it required a user to sign-in again.