Google Chrome Is Getting A Massive Security Upgrade

Google Chrome Is Getting A Massive Security Upgrade
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Managing all your passwords is already a task. When reminded it should be rigorous and tough-to-guess, it’s almost impossible. Luckily, Google Chrome is now looking to add in a Password Checkup feature to tell you when your data’s been compromised and to remind you to update your passwords. Paired with a password manager, you’ll be a tough digital cookie to crack. Let’s explain.

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Google is looking at building its data leak detection software, Password Checkup, into its Chrome 78 browser, due out in late October, according to Chromium Bug Fixer and reported by 9to5Google.

The Password Checkup, in its current form, is a Chrome extension, which alerts you to any data breaches associated with your email address. It then prompts you to update your user name and password and any other accounts using the same or similar details.

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While you can already do this with the handy Have I Been Pwned, an in-browser feature is far quicker and simpler to remember. Plus anyone who has yet to use the original site, might be more willing to uptake some cyber security basics.

It works due to the fact you might have some passwords saved to Chrome already. The browser will send your encrypted user name to match against the Password Check database (which runs off Google’s servers) to see if there’s been any breaches.

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