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Google launches Password Checkup feature, will add it to Chrome later this year

12 months ago by Lucy Cinder

Google launches Password Checkup feature, will add it to Chrome later this year

Cyber Security

Google launched today a new service called Password Checkup that will check a user's saved passwords if they've been leaked and compromised in breaches at other services.

The service is currently available for the Google web dashboard and Android devices, but will also be added to the Chrome browser later this year.

On the web, Password Checkup will be available at passwords.google.com. If Chrome users ever choose to use a Google account with the Chrome browser and then saved passwords in Chrome, this is the website where those passwords are synced to.

The passwords.google.com website has been around for a while but has only been known to Chrome power users. But starting today, Google wants all Chrome users to consider it the company's official "password manager."

Here is where they'll be able to see a list of all the passwords they've ever saved in Chrome, and also access the new Password Checkup feature.

To use the new feature, a new button that says "Check Passwords" will be available. Once pressed, Google will take all the user's passwords and check them against an internal database of over four billion user credentials that have been leaked online via breaches at other companies.

If a username & password combo is found in this database, Google will warn the user that they need to change the password for that account, as they're at risk of having the account hijacked by hackers.

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