A few months back, Google had launched a Chrome extension that would check whether your sensitive data is compromised through the internet. Later, the core features of the extension were also brought to Google Account features. Now, however, Google is taking the next big step by integrating the option for Password Checkup on both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Chrome. Chrome 79 and the later versions will be having this feature built into the system and the saved passwords would be checked against the various leaked sources to see if there are matches.
This is one of the best features that a Google user who saves their passwords through Chrome could have at this point. Considering that a lot of attackers are compromising multiple servers day by day, it is important to know that your username-password combinations are not leaked online. What Chrome does is that it will be comparing the username-password combos that you have saved with a bigger list of leaked data. In case there is a match, users would be notified and they can change the password. This feature was available in a few third-party password managers earlier, though.
“For now, we’re gradually rolling this out for everyone signed into Chrome as a part of our Safe Browsing protections,” Google said in an official statement. It should be noted that the company is using a bigger level of encryption while sending the passwords for comparison check. This means that your username or pass-codes would never be sent in normal text form. Instead, they will be encrypted and sent for comparison. In addition, the company would be monitoring the list of leaked data based on which the comparison is done. Altogether, it’s good to have such an awesome service built into one of the most popular browsers out there.