Google Rolls Out New Data Protection Tools

Google Rolls Out New Data Protection Tools

Google Rolls Out New Data Protection Tools

To coincide with Safer Internet Day, search giant Google is launching two new tools to help users detect if their username and password have been compromised.

Google is rolling out two new tools to help the password-challenged beef up their security game.

If you have multiple online accounts (you probably do), and you've been on the internet for more than a few years, chances are at least some of your passwords have ended up in the wrong hands.

A pop-up alert will appear alerting users if their details are no longer safe and will suggest they change their password.

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"This is concerning", says Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda who heads up Public Policy and Government Relations at Google South Africa. The password will be stored securely in your Google Account and can be used on all Chrome, mobile, or desktop versions. The extension will monitor all the online accounts visited by users through their Google Chrome browser and notify them if they need to change their password for any of their site (s).

Google has always been interested in protecting Chrome users' passwords, in part because they are often the very same ones used to access Google services.

The reason behind this extension's creation is that threat actor groups are using username and password combos from old leaks to launch credential stuffing attacks, attempting to gain access to other online accounts where users have reused their old username and password combos.

Google partnered with computer scientists at Stanford University in developing the protocol behind the technology - which Google candidly admits is still experimental and therefore potentially subject to shortcomings.

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Today, on Safer Internet Day, Google has released a new Chrome extension named "Password Checkup" that checks if usernames and password combinations entered in login forms have been leaked online during past data breaches and security incidents. The company only shares the fact that a security event has occurred, basic information about the event such as whether an account was hijacked and this information is only shared with apps where a user's Google credentials were used to login. An unsecured protocol means that a hacker can "look at" data that the user sends and receives on that site, such as passwords or card data.

- Set up a recovery phone number or email address and keep it updated: Adding recovery information-such as a phone number or back up email address-to your account can help you more quickly get back into your account if you ever lose access or can't sign in.

Only when you log in to a site that has had a data breach will Password Checkup spring into action.

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