What is your password?


What is your password?

Published Date: 2019-02-20 | Source: INCE|Community | Author: Martin Grobler | Comments

What is your password?

Do you change your passwords often? Of course not! We are too busy!

But guess what? There's help from Google in the form of a new Chrome web browser extension called Google Password Checkup. Let me tell you more about it and how it can help you make your accounts more secure.

Did you know Google Chrome already has a built-in password management support? That means you can generate, store and update your usernames and passwords using Chrome itself.

Just head to your Settings page and hit the Passwords box.

Google Password Checkup functions as a helpful second layer of security, telling you when your passwords have been compromised, and reminding you to change them before it's too late. To figure out which passwords are secure, Google keeps an encrypted database of passwords known to be compromised and compares it to your own credentials (which it also encrypts). The actual comparison is done locally, in the Password Checkup extension, so no personal information is transmitted during the checkup process. If it finds a match, the extension will suggest you change your password immediately.

So, you can either create a new password full of random characters, with Google's help, or you can ignore the reminder it gives you until something terrible happens to your online account.

Please also note and just a heads up, if you think an extension will save you from the tricks of bad online security habits, you're greatly mistaken.

While Google's Password Checkup will fix your login information, it can't protect you from data breaches in the first place. For that, you'll need to adopt better security habits, including changing your password periodically, enabling two-factor authentication on your accounts or getting an antivirus that you can trust.

To install Google's Password Checkup tool, you can click Here or navigate to Chrome's Extensions page, where you'll find it alongside thousands of other Chrome extensions.

  1. Install the Password Checkup extension on Chrome.
  2. The Password Checkup icon will appear in the your browser bar.
  3. You will get an alert when you sign-in with unsafe credentials.
  4. Change your password in order to prevent your account from being hacked.

An image of the extension doing its work

If you think your account could have been compromised, there was a cyber-threat with more than 770 million email credentials of users that were leaked, as reported by a renowned security researcher. The database of all the leaked accounts were made available on a service named "Have I been Pwned" using which you could check if your account had been compromised and then take necessary action.

I hope this helps you and your online accounts and don't forget to leave a comment below. Take care and be blessed!

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