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New Google Chrome extension alerts you when your password has been compromised

The i logo The i 06/02/2019 Rhiannon Williams
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Google has developed a new extension for its Chrome browser to monitor the security of a user's passwords for the various sites they use across the web.

The Password Checkup extension will send an alert when a user name or a password has been compromised, and suggest the user changes their password.

This safety measure will reduced the risk of an account being hacked by 10 times, Google claimed.

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In the event of a prompt to change a password, the user should also consider other accounts which use the same username and password and change it there too, it added.

Google hashes and encrypts the user names and passwords so they can't be accessed by third parties and stores them in a database.

While Password Checkup does not report any identifying information linked to an account, password or device, it does report anonymous data about the number of checks required to find an unsafe credential, whether a user changes their password when prompted to and the domain involved for improving site coverage.

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While other services including 1Password offer password-checking against databases, Password Checkup is free to install and use.

Chrome is the web browser of choice for around 62 per cent of web users as of January 2019, followed most closely by Apple's Safari browser with a 15 per cent market share, according to web traffic analyst site StatCounter.

Google is vague about the exact number of people using the browser worldwide, but revealed it had been installed more than 2bn times across desktop and mobile platforms in 2016.

Google-commissioned research from YouGov found 39 per cent of more than 2,000 adults questioned said they never reviewed their security settings for online, and an additional 32 per cent fail to update their passwords every six months.

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