Google Chrome Can Now Alert You If Your Passwords Are Hacked

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Targeted at young and first time web users, the new edition of Google's public safety initiative - #SecurityCheckKiya - will ask people to take simple, yet important actions that can protect them from bad actors of the web and help keep their data secure online. In other words, there's no real downside to installing the extension and helping protect your online accounts. After the warning users can change their password in order to prevent their account from hacking. "This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help".

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Password reuse remains an issue, the poll found: 65% of respondents said they reuse the same password for multiple accounts, creating a security risk. If the password used appears on any data breach lists the user will receive an alert urging them to reset the password. However nearly half only change their password either less than every 6 months or never, effectively undoing most of this good work. Google admits that it could be hard for users to create and remember multiple passwords, so the search giant recommends people to use password managers or even write down the passwords in a piece of paper stored in a safe place.

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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.

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If Google knows of a hack where your Google account was compromised, it will quietly send information to those sites, letting them know that your account should be deemed suspicious for the time being. But again, a majority (33%) of people have never used an online tool such as Google Security Checkup to review their online security settings, with another 13% only referring to them less than every 6 months. Privacy protecting techniques developed with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University were employed in the extension and back end. "We only share the fact that the security event happened, basic information about the event and information with apps where you have logged in with Google", Thomas added. The extension will monitor all the online accounts visited by users through their Google Chrome browser and notify them if they need to change their password for any of their site (s).

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