Tuesday, 15 October, 2019

Google launches enhanced password management capabilities

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Laverne Griffith | 04 October, 2019, 01:13

Unfortunately, if you don't use Google's password management solution, you're better off sticking to the Chrome extension.

"Today we're launching the Password Checkup-a new feature built into our password manager that checks the strength and security of all of your saved passwords, tells you if we find they've been compromised (for example, in a breach), and gives you personalized, actionable recommendations when needed", Google explains. A recent survey conducted by Google and The Harris Poll on a sample of 3,419 Americans has shown that users tend to use simplistic passwords, or tend to reuse passwords across accounts to make their lives easier.

The service will be available via a standalone website, passwords.google.com, where details will be synced when a user links up their Google account on Chrome. Later this year, it'll get baked right into Chrome, allowing potentially problematic credentials to be flagged on the fly.

Google's push towards improving password security is part of the company's broader plan of bolstering the security of its entire service.


This means stolen usernames/emails and passwords from one website can be used to gain access to other sites that haven't been breached.

Users will see a new "check passwords" button that will then compare saved passwords against internal databases of more than 4 billion login credentials that have been compromised or leaked.

"It's security pragmatism", Risher said. Stop. Reusing. Passwords. Across.

Google promises that they are hard at work trying to get rid of passwords as our primary form of account protection, and until they succeed we're stuck with them.


Keeping the same password across multiple accounts is generally a bad idea.

Password reuse has been the easiest way through which attackers jump this web of interconnected accounts, in the hopes of hitting the jackpot - a Google account or an account with access to financial resources. But Google also announced a feature that should enhance your security online by telling you which passwords may have been compromised during security breaches targeting various sites, and advising immediate action.

The new password auditing functionality is already available. You may click on the menu icon next to an entry to display options to view the password, update the saved password, or delete it.

Other password features introduced in Chrome this year include password exports and a password suggestion tool to create stronger passphrases. Or, just head here.


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