The second feature is christened "Cross Account Protection".
If the username and password combo are found in Google's internal database of unsafe credentials, the extension will show a popup alerting the user that he needs to change the credentials. However, the most helpful thing you can do for your accounts is create unique passwords for each one, according to the post.
The new plugin for Chrome was designed in collaboration with cryptography experts from Stanford University, although the extension is now available only for users of Google's browser. However nearly half only change their password either less than every 6 months or never, effectively undoing most of this good work.More news: Virginia House Dems Seek More Time on Resignation Demands
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Users of Google's Chrome web browser have another way from this week, with a Google-made add-on that will tell you and help you to reset it if the account is at risk.
In times when data breaches and account hacking is on an indefinite rise, Google has come up with some welcome additions to its suite of security offerings for consumers. A new tool called Cross Account Protection will trigger notifications for security events like account hijacking so that you can be better protected.
Now Google is making Chrome users more secure if they take the time to install a new, free extension called Password Checkup. Taking the Security Checkup doesn't just help you stay safer while using Google.
Google partnered with computer scientists at Stanford University in developing the protocol behind the technology - which Google candidly admits is still experimental and therefore potentially subject to shortcomings. "For example, we notify you when you've granted access to third-party sites or apps, but it's really important for you to understand the information that you share with these apps or sites".
It should be noted that Password Checkup sends your confidential information to Google, but the company claims that this sensitive data is encrypted and that there is no way of seeing your data.