Google is celebrating the safer internet day by spreading some awareness. Meanwhile the tech giant has launched a new Chrome extension called Password Checkup. It will become in your browser and help protect your account from third-party data breaches.
This new tool has the intention to keep your data secure beyond Google’s own sites and applications. The Password Checkup tool will detect and warn whether your username and password combination is unsafe for use online.
You may remember that 4 billion credentials that have been compromised recently. Google will confirm that your credentials are among them or not. If it happens the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest you change your password. The tool works very similarly to the way Google secures accounts on its own platforms. Google said that “For example, we already automatically reset the password on your Google Account if it may have been exposed in a third-party data breach”.
Note that the extension is very secure. No one, even Google, can scan your account credentials. It uses the privacy-protecting techniques developed with the help of both Google and Stanford University and cryptography researchers.
Google has also released a new feature called Cross Account Protection. With this Google will tell apps and websites that have implemented the login option that an account was hijacked.