Are Your Passwords Secure? Google's Password Checkup Knows

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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.

The second feature is christened "Cross Account Protection".

The best thing about this extension is that it will also work with any password manager, in case you are using one already.

An unusually large group of Google engineers and research scientists are behind Password Checkup, more than 30 of whom are credited for assisting in the creation of the extension.

This technology is created to help consumers to identify and re-secure accounts affected by data breaches before their at-risk accounts are abused. "Through our initiative, we want to nudge Internet users by asking them #SecurityCheckKiya and encourage them to take action", Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety, Google India, said in a statement. On Tuesday, Google published a Chrome plugin that will report if the login info you use in say, Yahoo, has been stolen. Those respondents ages 16-24, however, are more likely to use 2FA but are less likely to have changed their passwords within the past year. Additionally now, they may choose to install the Chrome extension Password Checkup.

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Given that Google's extension would technically keep an eye on your passwords, the company explains that no data is collected by the company and nobody gets access to your information.

Google, however, says that it does collect statistics related to breaches and incidents, which should technically help the company improve the service.

"We help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to security threats". This it does by scanning user's account passwords and matching them with the databases of leaked login credentials for possible data breaches.

Google assures that the information to be shared with those third-parties is fairly limited. and includes "basic information about the event".

"Helping people manage their privacy and security is integral to everything we do". Google says that "when apps and sites have implemented it, we're able to send information about security events - like an account hijacking, for instance - to them so they can protect you, too". Here Google will "only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google".

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