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This article was published on May 18, 2021


Google will notify you about compromised passwords — and let you change them quickly

No need to sign in to website just to change password

Google will notify you about compromised passwords — and let you change them quickly
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Google introduced new features for password protection at its virtual developer conference Google IO today. One of the most notable features was sending alerts for your compromised credentials and let you change them quickly through Chrome.

The company’s password manager — built into Chrome and Android — will automatically send you an alert when one of your saved passwords is part of a data breach. But that’s not all: the company is introducing will let you also change it quickly in Chrome, so you don’t have to sign in to the site, and go to the change password field.

Here’s how it works: when you perform the Check password action through Chrome, and if it finds a compromised password, the browser will show a “Change Password” button. This feature will help you switch the password on one page, instead of going through multiple clicks. Plus, Chrome will suggest a strong new password for your account.

 

Google’s new password change feature for compromised credentials

Google said that this feature is powered by its Duplex on web AI platform.

Apple introduced compromised password alerts with iOS 14 last year. You can check out our guide for checking if your saved passwords in Keychain were compromised, and change it immediately to prevent data theft. It’s nice to see Google take this a step further.

In addition to this, Google is rolling out a tool to import passwords from other managers into its own password manager. Plus, the company will have a deeper integration between Chrome and Android, so that you don’t have to worry about remembering all of your credentials.

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