This Chrome Extension Will Help You Detect Unsafe Login Credentials


Why this Matter: We often use an insecure internet connection to browse the web - for example using a public Wi-Fi hotspot or if our router is configured to communicate using an insecure protocol. This exposes us to Man-in-the-middle attacks, with malicious attackers trying to steal our login information, passwords etc

This Chrome Extension Will Help You Detect Unsafe Login Credentials
Google has partnered with cryptography experts at Stanford University on the development of a new Chrome extension designed to help keep your accounts safe from hijacking.

With the Password Checkup extension, Chrome will trigger a warning if you sign into a website using a username and password combination found in Google’s database of over four billion credentials stolen as part of third-party data breaches.

When duplicate credentials are detected, Google will prompt you to change your password.

The search giant said it designed Password Checkup to never reveal your personal information to Google. All statistics about usage, including the number of lookups that surface an unsafe credential and whether an alert leads to a password change, are anonymous.

This Chrome Extension Will Help You Detect Unsafe Login Credentials
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Furthermore, safeguards were put in place to prevent an attacker from using the extension to unearth credentials, such as prohibiting brute-force guessing.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Google will only alert you if both your current username and password appear in a breach. Outdated and weak passwords won’t generate an alert, Google said.

Password Checkup is available as of writing as an extension for Chrome. Being the first iteration, Google said it will continue to refine the extension over the coming months to improve site compatibility and field detection.

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