Google Launches Password Checkup Extension to Alert Users of Data Breaches

Sheri Evans
February 7, 2019

Using someone elses account and password sure is awful, but what is more bad is one actually getting into your Google Account, especially if you store card data, accounts for online banking and other sensitive information. If Google detects a username and password on a site you use is one of over four billion credentials that it knows has been compromised, you will get an alert and a recommended action.

Google's new Chrome extension Password Checkup aims to ensure that your password is never compromised without your knowledge.

As detailed on Password Checkup's Chrome Web Store entry, "It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device".

Cross Account Protection is the next step - in case a hacker has already compromised an account and managed to log in.

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It's kinda like security researcher Troy Hunt's Have I Been Pwned? service - which lets you look up your usernames and passwords to figure out if they were leaked or stolen - wrapped into an extension. This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help.

Once installed, the Password Checkup tool will monitor all your logins and trigger warnings once a positive match comes up.

Ever since digital big leaguers like Facebook - and even its own Google+ - were hobbled by data privacy gaffes that exposed the personal data of its users, Google has been on a mission to make sure it covers his rear end the best it can. It is claimed to proactively detect and respond to security threats. Unfortunately, these protections haven't extended to the apps that you sign into with Google Sign In. Here Google will "only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google".

Google says it will continue to tweak the tool over time, improving site compatibility and the detection of user-name/password fields. This strategy has helped us protect over 110 million users in the last two years alone. The company only shares the fact that a security event has occurred, basic information about the event such as whether an account was hijacked and this information is only shared with apps where a user's Google credentials were used to login.

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