Beginning this year, Google is seemingly working towards improving user accounts’ security. In February this year, Google announced the launch of a dedicated browser extension, ‘Password Checkup’ to alert users of breached credentials. Then, in August, Google’s plans to introduce a feature for notifying users about compromised passwords right from the browser surfaced online. Now, Google has integrated Password Checkup with Google Accounts to alert for breached passwords.
Google To Alert About Breached Passwords
Finally, Google has rolled out the feature about which it hinted a couple of months ago towards. It has now introduced a dedicated option to warn users of compromised credentials. With the new tool, Google will alert users of breached passwords right from their browser. For this to happen they have integrated their Password Checkup with Google Accounts.
Specifically, the new setting with the Password Manager is available to all users via their Google Accounts. When turned on, it will check all saved passwords for possible compromise. As already hinted, the new tool will alert users in three different scenarios,
- Credentials compromised in a third-party breach
- Password reuse on multiple sites
- Weak passwords
The new setting, since available with Google Accounts, will work for multiple browsers and devices. In other words, the feature will work as soon as the users sign-in to their account through any browser. Likewise, it will also work for users with iOS devices.
Nonetheless, the other dedicated password checking feature for Chrome browser, as revealed earlier, may also be available soon.
How To Turn On Password Checkup With Password Manager
Any Google Accounts user who saves and syncs passwords with Account can use the new feature for password safety. After signing in to the Google Account, users can find ‘Password Checkup’ with the Google Password Manager. For this, click on the link https://passwords.google.com/intro.
The users may then click on the ‘Check passwords’ option appearing below the ‘Password Checkup’ prompt. It will then scan all the saved passwords and will generate appropriate warnings regarding the three categories for the users to take action.
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