New Google’s Plugin For Chrome Will Keep Your Passwords Safe

Google SID infographic

Google SID infographic

In order to alert users when a password they are using has been compromised, Google is releasing a new extension for its Chrome browser. Cross Account Protection notifies connected applications of security breaches and suspicious activity so their built-in security mechanisms can respond appropriately.

The best thing about this extension is that it will also work with any password manager, in case you are using one already. Through this extension, Chrome will alert you when you're using a password that's been compromised. The new tools are created to raise awareness of account issues.

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day, and to mark the occasion Google launched a couple of new tools to enhance you and your data's safety.

Google also means to publish a paper with the details about the extension's underlying protocols and cryptographic principles, so that independent experts might evaluate them. Google admits that it could be hard for users to create and remember multiple passwords, so the search giant recommends people to use password managers or even write down the passwords in a piece of paper stored in a safe place.

The "Security Checkup" on the account gives personalised and actionable security recommendations to users that further strengthens the security of their Google Account. Users don't want to just hand over their passwords and accounts to Google openly, and "Google has a data set we don't want to publicly share", said Kurt Thomas, staff research scientist at Google.

The other tool, aimed at developers, is Cross Account Protection, this addresses vulnerabilities in third-party sites and apps that you may have signed into using your Google credentials.

The Google/YouGov survey found that majority of Irish people (39%) state that they follow the recommended practice of using different passwords for each of their online accounts, with only 4.5% admitting the more risky approach of using one password for all services.

Add to it the fact that hackers are becoming smarter by the day and data breaches by some of our most trusted sites do not even surprise us anymore. Google has built it with collaboration with top technology companies such as Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make this easy for all apps to implement.

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