"Across Google, we build products with strong security protections at their core to continuously and automatically detect and protect you and your data from a wide range of threats".
Today is Safer Internet Day, so it's fitting that Google chose this morning to release its Password Checkup extension for Chrome. When someone logs in with a username and password that Google knows has been compromised, it triggers a warning that prompts the user to change the password.
As detailed on Password Checkup's Chrome Web Store entry, "It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device".
It might be hard for some to listen to Google when it comes to account protections - the company continually receives flak for its approach to privacy. Keeping track of which data breaches affect you is hard, and it's why password managers started getting popular and offering to automatically update passwords for you on a regular basis.
Google is adding a new password checker to its Chrome internet browser which will automatically run a check to see if any of its users' passwords have been exposed by hackers.
This means the extension won't show alerts when users use simple passwords such as "123456", but only when both the username and password have been found together, as a combo, in previously leaked data.
You can find out more on the Google Security blog.
"We created Cross Account Protection by working closely with other major technology companies, like Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make this easy for all apps to implement", Google said in a statement. "And we only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google". "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".
Cross Account Protection helps address this challenge.