6 Feb 2019

Google launches two new security updates to help protect your accounts

Google revealed two new security updates on Safer Internet Day to help users detect if their username and password have been compromised and make sure user data is protected.

Password Checkup

Password Checkup is a Chrome extension that can detect if your password information has been compromised. Google at the moment would automatically reset the password on your Google Account if it may have been exposed in a third party data breach. To protect you beyond google apps and sites, hence the introduction of google password checkup chrome extension.

Whenever you sign in to a site, Password Checkup will trigger a warning if the username and password you use on the site is one of over 4 billion credentials that Google knows to be unsafe or compromised. The extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password.

According to Google, the extension also prevents the company itself from accessing your information, Google never learns your username or password, and that any breach data stays safe from wider exposure.

How to protect your accounts with Password Checkup

Cross Account Protection

This security feature helps protect you by addressing vulnerabilities in third-party apps that you’ve singed into using your Google account. This means that Google will inform third-party apps when it detects that your information might have been compromised then the app/site can take actions to help protect you by for instance forcing you to log back in.

Google will only share basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if google forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity,” the company concluded.

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