Google Builds Password Checkup Tool Into Chrome


While the Password Checkup Tool, was previously only informing about security breaches that may also include the login credentials of the users, the feature has now been updated to include even more powerful features. Alternatively, you can zip over to your Google account, click on the Security link, and then scroll down to the Password Manager near the bottom of the screen. Later this year the technology will also be integrated into Chrome so you won't need to add an extension.

Only 15 percent of the respondents use a password manager and only 37 percent use two-factor authentication, despite the fact nearly half of them say their personal information has been compromised online and 47% of those say that they've lost money due to the compromise.

Google analyzes the passwords and groups passwords into compromised, reused and weak lists on the results page.

For those anxious about Google seeing your passwords, the company says that they are encrypted and It has no way of viewing them. The Watchtower feature of the 1Password password manager, for example, can check saved passwords for exposure, reuse, or guessability. If the extension finds a match, it will warn the user and suggest that they reset their password.

Google said that it is now stepping up its password manager service.

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These features will work just the way they are supposed to.

Last month, I reported that Google plans to add a Password Checkup function directly into Chrome OS, warning you about any compromised passwords. Check out our guide to the best password managers for top picks and what to look for. According to The Harris Poll, 66% of Americans admit to using the same weak password across multiple sites, which could be detrimental if just one of these accounts is compromised. Google clearly knows this, and so, it's building it directly into Chrome later this year, a feature it's been working on since July.

Sharing credentials for accounts perceived as low-risk, like Netflix or Hulu, is also a fuck-up, particularly in the event that the password for such an account is similar to or the same as that of another account.

And last, the new feature can recommend what passwords need to be strengthened in order to make sure compromising accounts is more hard for malicious actors.

Google is not the only browser maker that is improving password management and security capabilities. It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device. One of the main goals is to make things easier and faster to use or enable.