Password Checkup tells you if your password has been compromised

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Google just beefed up the security game by releasing two new tools. The tech giant aims at protecting your private data by with the help of two new Chrome extensions called Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection

The frequencies of data breaches these days suggests higher chances that your personal data may have been exposed to hackers. Taking into account the recent hacks, it is extremely difficult these days to keep track of all those passwords that have been compromised.

Protect Your Credentials With Password Checkup Plugin

A new Chrome extension that has been recently released by Google that makes it a lot easier to overcome these security challenges. Rather than being a password manager, Password Checkup is actually a source of pieces of advice regarding the strength or weakness of your passwords.

It does not show an alert to the users until your username/password is believed to be exposed. The alert suggests the users should immediately change their insecure passwords.Password Checkup chrome extension

Google has a collection of more than 4 billion usernames and passwords that have been leaked. Previously, some trusted databases such as Identity Leak Checker and HaveIBeenPwned allowed the users to manually check the same, but now they have the tool to do the job for them.

Password Checkup actually allows those users who are always concerned about the security of their passwords, to have some kind of control over their credentials. While Google aims to release a more refined version of the app in the coming months.

Some of the users might also be concerned about the security of their personal information while using the extension. Don’t Worry! As the company has already addressed the concern by ensuring the users to protect their unsafe usernames or passwords.

Various techniques have been used by Google to achieve this goal, some of the techniques are k-anonymity, blinding, and hashing. Furthermore, Stanford University cryptography researchers have been involved in the development of the extension. Password Checkup basically aims to enhance the security of your passwords. 

Cross Account Protection Aims At Third-party Apps

The Cross Account Protection feature has been developed for app developers. Google will be able to share your information with other websites and apps that have been linked to your Google account in case of a potential attack. Google has no plans to share complete details regarding the event as the tech giant aims to share only basic information. 

What does it mean to you?

It is worth mentioning that most of the people are using the same passwords on multiple sites. It is definitely going to be a lot easier for you to stay on top of your passwords if your credentials are automatically being evaluated every time you log in with the Password Checkup extension.

Google is working to embed the Cross Account Protection feature with other major technology companies. You will no longer have to look for the alternatives considering the fact that the browser is continuously adding value by offering additional features including password generator, breach detector, and a password locker. 

While it is yet to be seen that if Google sticks to its promise for protecting your private information, keeping in view the recent security breaches by Google itself.