The new Google Chrome Password Checkup extension tells users if they are part of a hack which compromises their online security…
In today’s digital world, there’s no shortage of hacks and data leaks. The public sees these threats time and time again. Although such real-world examples abound, people simply don’t take enough precautions to protect themselves. Enter the new Google Chrome browser extension, Password Checkup.
Google Chrome Password Checkup Extension Debuts
The new Chrome Password Checkup extension sends out an alert if people enter username-password combos Google “knows to be unsafe.” The search giant states it maintains a database of about 4 billion credentials, already believed compromised.
Google writes the following about those concerned about their online security:
“At a high level, Password Checkup needs to query Google about the breach status of a username and password without revealing the information queried. At the same time, we need to ensure that no information about other unsafe usernames or passwords leaks in the process, and that brute force guessing is not an option. Password Checkup addresses all of these requirements by using multiple rounds of hashing, k-anonymity, private information retrieval, and a technique called blinding.”
Although it Password Checkup will go off when it detects compromised credentials, it won’t leap into action if users create weak passwords.
The new Google Chrome Password Checkup extension is now available on the Web Store.