Google launches new tools to help protect your accounts

Isaac Cain
February 9, 2019

Moreover, just in case someone obtains the person's passwords, using two-factor authentication (2FA) will still prevent other people from controlling user's accounts.

If the username and password combo are found in Google's internal database of unsafe credentials, the extension will show a popup alerting the user that he needs to change the credentials.

An unusually large group of Google engineers and research scientists are behind Password Checkup, more than 30 of whom are credited for assisting in the creation of the extension.

- Use unique passwords for your accounts: Using the same password to log in to multiple accounts increases your security risk. Google has introduced a new Chrome Extension that will detect stolen account details.

With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords.

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The tool has been designed with the help of cryptography experts at Stanford University, the firm said, adding that it had been built with "privacy at its heart" and as such will never reveal account information to Google.

At a time when instances of data breaches and malicious apps have become an everyday affair, Google has outlined a few steps for users to secure their Google account and take control of their data on the occasion of Safer Internet Day. "We won't bother you about outdated passwords you've already reset or merely weak passwords like "123456", the company explained. Google says it will only share basic information regarding the event itself. If Password Checkup detects that a username and password on a site visited by the user is one of more than 4 billion compromised credentials of which Google is aware, the extension will automatically warn the user and suggest they change their password.

Google said it would start encouraging users to take the security check-up of their account on its homepage in English and seven Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu from Tuesday, the Safer Internet Day.

In the unfortunate occasion of account compromise, setting up a recovery email or mobile device will help online services inform its subscribers of possible suspicious activity.

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