The internet is a hazardous place and data breaches have become a common occurrence – so much so that if a password is not 10 random characters (and symbols) or more, it’s not a safe password to use. Now Google has released a Chrome plugin that will help you to secure account passwords as you log in.
The new app available on the Chrome Web Store will check your password against known lists of breached credentials and advise you when a password is no longer secure. According to Google, Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind. “It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords or device. We do report anonymous information about the number of look-ups that surface an unsafe credential, whether an alert leads to a password change and the domain involved for improving site coverage,” the company said in a blog post.
Google Password Checkup will check your password every time you log in to a website. If your password is matched against a list of over four billion credentials that Google knows to be unsafe, the plugin will trigger a warning and prompt you to update your password.
We also recommend a password manager like LastPass or 1Password to help you generate and manage secure passwords.