Google Is Rolling Out Two New Features to Protect Your Data

Google’s new extension tells you if your passwords have been compromised

Still, a whopping 69% of respondents gave themselves an A or B grade for their ability to protect their online accounts.

Google's extension doesn't just act as a warning system, offering an option to help you reset that password if it has been compromised. When you install the extension called Password Checkup, it matches the data you've shared with Google with the one typed in and tells you if it has hacked or not. The new tools are created to raise awareness of account issues.

With all the data breaches affecting Facebook, Google+ and other popular websites past year, no one should assume their passwords and private data are safe. Furthermore, so many passwords have been already compromised that many are floating around the Internet. Once installed, it will check every time you sign in to an account using a username and password. Google says, that it teamed up with cryptographic researchers from Stanford University, to develop privacy-protecting techniques. This process requires the extension to capture login credentials, a sensitive task that Google said is handled with the appropriate level of care. Fortunately, Google wants to fix this problem with a new plugin for Chrome called Password Checkup.

Google has rolled out two new tools starting this week enhancing security for users' accounts.

At Google, we build protection into everything we make, so our users can be confident that their personal information is secure. "For example, we notify you when you've granted access to third-party sites or apps, but it's really important for you to understand the information that you share with these apps or sites".

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.

The new Password Checkup Chrome extension was developed to expand Google's data breach protections to cover all other accounts a user might use to log into other websites and apps. Add Google account on devices, to be able to find it, so if a device is lost or stolen, "Find My Device" app from Google can help locate a lost Android device, and keep your device and information secure.



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