April 30, 2021
compromised password use

Google Says People Keep Using Old Passwords on the Web that have Already been Compromised

Search leader Google reveals in a new study an immense number of internet users continue to rely on old, compromised passwords…

A recent study by Google has found approximately 1.5 percent of a sign-ins used on the internet involved credentials which have previously been compromised.

Google gets the data from its Chrome browser Password Check extension, which debuted in February of this year.

Google Study Reveals Internet Users Still Rely on Old Passwords which were Already Compromised

Google reports people ignored 81,368 or 25.7 percent of breach warnings presented to them. Google further writes:

“Back in February, we announced the Password Checkup extension for Chrome to help keep all your online accounts safe from hijacking. The extension displays a warning whenever you sign in to a site using one of over 4 billion usernames and passwords that Google knows to be unsafe due to a third-party data breach. Since our launch, over 650,000 people have participated in our early experiment. In the first month alone, we scanned 21 million usernames and passwords and flagged over 316,000 as unsafe—1.5% of sign-ins scanned by the extension.”

This is precisely why Google and other tech companies are steadily moving away from passwords. These credentials are too easy to hack and there are more secure methods for signing into websites and apps.

Owen E. Richason IV

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