Google launches new password and account protection tools

On Safer Internet Day, Google gives you three tips to keep your device and data safe

Google celebrated the Safer Internet Day on February 5, 2019 by gifting a new security tool which automatically warns Google Chrome users if it suspects a data breach.

Cross Account Protection has been created by working closely with other major technology companies and the standards community at the IETF and Open ID Foundation to make this easy for all developers to implement.

Once you install the Password Checkup extension, it'll appear as an icon in your browser bar.

If you have multiple online accounts (you probably do), and you've been on the internet for more than a few years, chances are at least some of your passwords have ended up in the wrong hands. The app or site can then take actions to help protect the user such as forcing them to log back in.

For details about the cryptography that the extension uses to safeguard the usernames and passwords entered in login forms from both Google and third-party attackers, please have a look at the official Google announcement.

The extension won't flag up weak passwords, such as "password" or "123456", or in cases where a user's outdated passwords, which have since been reset, were breached.

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The difference between Google's Password Checkup and Firefox Monitor is that the latter will notify you of a breach that contained your email if the website has been breached during the past 12 months.

The "Security Checkup" on the account gives personalised and actionable security recommendations to users that further strengthens the security of their Google Account. The plugin searches login and password information from the recent Collections leak and informs the user if information has been compromised.

"We help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to security threats".

As the number of compromised and leaked credentials rises inexorably with each passing day, Google has chose to help users choose safe combinations for all their online accounts. "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.

Firefox Monitor also works on top of the Have I Been Pwned service, while Password Checkup works based on an internal Google database of leaked credentials, different from Have I Been Pwned.

"Helping people manage their privacy and security is integral to everything we do".

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