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New Google Chrome Password Check for Extra Online Security

Google added a new tool to Chrome that protects users' passwords in an update that was released last Tuesday, 12/17. Google now includes a "Password Checkup" that is integrated into the desktop and for mobile versions of Chrome 79. Chrome's newest feature adds a functionality that warns users that their username and password may have been compromised in a data breach.

A pop-up will appear asking if they want to change their saved passwords. Google (GOOGL) cross-checks its users' login credentials against a regularly updated database of more than four billion usernames and passwords that may have been compromised. The entries are collected from sources such as password dumps. Hackers responsible for data breaches on sites like Yahoo or LinkedIn sometimes post large databases of account usernames and passwords online. Because many people use the same passwords across sites, bad actors can use the information to gain access to other accounts.New Google Chrome Password Check for Extra Online Security

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