Google to Build Password Checkup into Chrome 78

Google to Build Password Checkup into Chrome 78

Google's Password Checkup Chrome extension appears to have had some success.

Password spraying has emerged as an effective technique to brute-force or guess passwords, as well as to bypass systems that lock accounts after too many wrong guesses. 'In the first month alone, we scanned 21m usernames and passwords and flagged over 316,000 as unsafe - 1.5pc of sign-ins scanned by the extension'.

Google had launched a password checkup extension for its Chrome browser in February, the extension helped users by analysing usernames and passwords they used for various services and verifying if they were reported in any third-party data breaches.

Above all, the report shows just how hard it is to get people to handle their account security issues even when they've shown that they care about the subject and have had a specific issue pointed out to them.

Google has announced that from today onwards, it will let Android users sign in to some of its services on Chrome using their fingerprints, instead of a password. Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of thousands of accounts out there using login credentials that have been exposed in past data breaches.

Google has declared that over 4bn users have unsafe username-password combinations and advised users to check if they are one of them. Google has also released two new features as part of the Password checkup extension including a direct feedback mechanism and giving more control to users over data. However, it also found that 26.1% of alerts, totaling 82,761, did result in a password change. Furthermore, 60 percent of those changed passwords were secure against guessing attacks.

The change by Google will add more convenience to the users since they won't have to remember passwords.

These accounts are vulnerable to so-called password spraying attacks, where a small set of the most popular (and often worst) passwords are tested against a large number of accounts.

With the extension installed, as you travel around the web and are recognized to be using compromised credentials, the extension warns you and prompts you to change those credentials.

How often do you change your passwords and how anxious are you about them getting hacked?

The defense against credential stuffing is simple: Use a unique password for each and every online account.

I've been using the Password Checkup extension ever since.

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