Be honest – when was the last time you changed your passwords?
Never? A few years ago? Never?
‘Never’ is probably the most common response to that question, because we’re all busy people and it’s just not something that makes it onto the average to-do list.
Lucky for us, Google has decided to help in the form of a new Chrome web browser extension called Google Password Checkup.
Here’s TIME with how it works:
Google Chrome already has built-in password management support, meaning you can generate, store, and update your usernames and passwords using Chrome itself — just head to your Settings page and hit the Passwords box. Google Password Checkup functions as a helpful second layer of security, telling you when your passwords have been compromised, and reminding you to change them before it’s too late.
To figure out which passwords are secure, Google keeps an encrypted database of passwords known to be compromised, and compares it to your own credentials (which it also encrypts). The actual comparison is done locally, in the Password Checkup extension, so no personal information is transmitted during the checkup process. If it finds a match, the extension will suggest you change your password immediately.
Basically, whenever you sign into a site, Password Checkup will trigger a warning if the username and password you use are one of over four billion credentials that Google knows to be unsafe.
Rad – just keep in mind this add-on won’t stop threats, just tell you about them, so you still have to stay vigilant.
You can download it here. Enjoy.
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