Breaching of the password is the most common form of hacking and security of credentials has always been a priority. At a time when people are focused on safeguarding their passwords and other sensitive information, Google has announced a new chrome extension that will warn users if their passwords have been breached so that they can re-secure their accounts.

How the new chrome extension works for password security

Size : 1.18 MB | Platform : Google Chrome

 new chrome extension for password protection
New Chrome Extension for password protection

“Password checkup helps you re-secure your accounts that have been affected by data breaches. Whenever you sign in, if you enter a username and password that is no longer safe due to appearing in a data breach known to Google you ‘ll receive an alert.

Please reset your password. If you use the same username and password for any other accounts, please reset your password there as well,” Google says in a statement.

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Once installed, the extension reportedly checks any login details that are being used against a database of around 4 billion usernames and passwords. Google says that the password checkup was made keeping privacy in mind and it never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords or device. “We do report anonymous information about the number of look-ups that surface an unsafe credential, whether an alert leads to password change, and the domain involved for improving the site coverage,” Google added.

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Last month Google announced that it is expanding the in-built ad-blocker feature on chrome worldwide on July 9. Developed with an aim to enhance the user experience, the feature blocks the pesky website redirection, and it was initially rolled out to North American and European countries. As a part of operation, Google’s own advertising platforms stopped selling ads that violates its standards and generates complaints from chrome users.

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