Google released the Password Checkup extension for Chrome in February 2019, which alerts users if they enter a password and username combination which is known to be compromised. That extension has been downloaded by more than 650,000 people and has been used to scan 1.5 percent of overall sign-ins.
In the near future, Chrome will come will Password Checkup built in so users won’t need to download an extension or take any extra steps to use the feature. Google says it is providing this tool due to the increasing importance of security issues.
Google has embedded Checkup directly into your Google Account. It’ll tell you whether your passwords have been compromised on other sites or services, warn against phrases that have been reused and prompt for weaker passwords to be strengthened. Services like LastPass already offer similar tools, but Google is making them easily accessible at passwords.google.com.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.