Google has announced a new feature for Chrome that aims to alert the user when a password used online has already been discovered on the web. The feature will work with all sites that have credentials stored in the browser: when attempting to log in again, the program will automatically scan databases of uncovered information and warn if the user has been compromised.
The tool originally appeared in February in the form of the Password Checkup extension and will be integrated into the browser by the end of the year without having to download anything. For now, you can make a manual query at passwords.google.com. The service is similar to the one offered by Mozilla's Have I Been Pwned website and Firefox Monitor.
Google promises to cross user login data with a base of about 4 billion passwords and emails that have been targeted in the past. When attempting to use an exposed password, the user has the opportunity to change the password to prevent their account from being hacked. The alert only appears if the password is registered with the native browser manager.
More and more people are expected to use the alerts service as it will no longer be necessary to install a plugin in their browser, increasing the chances of preventing attacks. The Password Checkup extension currently has over 950,000 installations.
In addition to telling you if your passwords were stolen by hackers, Google also performs an analysis to tell you if user-configured strings are too easy or appear on more than one service. The company can then recommend changing the password to help you make the strongest and most unique combinations.
Google is very committed to ensuring that its users are safe when surfing the Internet. Once you have added this tool to Chrome, you now get to your password manager.