Google launches Chrome extension that detects stolen account details

Blanche Robertson
February 6, 2019

"Across Google, we build products with strong security protections at their core to continuously and automatically detect and protect you and your data from a wide range of threats". Using passwords that have been compromised is a time bomb waiting to go off, and this is a pretty secure way to check whether you have any of those.

The other tool, aimed at developers, is Cross Account Protection, this addresses vulnerabilities in third-party sites and apps that you may have signed into using your Google credentials.

Cross Account Protection is the next step - in case a hacker has already compromised an account and managed to log in. If your login credentials are found within the database, Google will present a warning message that alerts you to change your password. The new feature won't be able to automatically reset passwords for non-Google services, but it is one way to make those accounts more secure.

Ever since digital big leaguers like Facebook - and even its own Google+ - were hobbled by data privacy gaffes that exposed the personal data of its users, Google has been on a mission to make sure it covers his rear end the best it can. This is the first version of the Password Checkup and the company says it will be refined in the coming months, but you can install the extension and take advantage of the new protections now.

"We want to help you stay safe not just on Google, but elsewhere on the web as well". Once installed, it will check every time you sign in to an account using a username and password.

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Firefox Monitor also works on top of the Have I Been Pwned service, while Password Checkup works based on an internal Google database of leaked credentials, different from Have I Been Pwned.

With it Google will tell apps and sites that have implemented the login option that an account was hijacked.

Still, a whopping 69% of respondents gave themselves an A or B grade for their ability to protect their online accounts.

Google, however, says that it does collect statistics related to breaches and incidents, which should technically help the company improve the service.

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