Friday, 22 February, 2019


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Google SID infographic On Safer Internet Day, Google gives you three tips to keep your device and data safe
Melba Vasquez | 09 February, 2019, 00:57

Password Checkup is a Google Chrome extension that helps you to re-secure accounts that were affected by data breaches.

Cross Account Protection has been created by working closely with other major technology companies and the standards community at the IETF and Open ID Foundation to make this easy for all developers to implement. If they have, the extension will warn the user and suggest they change their password. The headlining introduction was of the Password Checkup Chrome extension which checks and alerts users if any of their username/passwords have features in one of the many huge third party data breaches. "At the same time, we need to ensure that no information about other unsafe usernames or passwords leaks in the process, and that brute force guessing is not an option", they wrote in a blog post.

Google is rolling out two new tools to help the password-challenged beef up their security game. But again, a majority (33%) of people have never used an online tool such as Google Security Checkup to review their online security settings, with another 13% only referring to them less than every 6 months.

At a time when instances of data breaches and malicious apps have become an everyday affair, Google has outlined a few steps for users to secure their Google account and take control of their data on the occasion of Safer Internet Day.

Google and its academic partners said they have developed new privacy-preserving techniques, which means that Google will never access a user's username or password, and that any breach data stays safe from wider exposure.

"We help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to security threats".

This is the message you want to see after installing Google's Password Checkup tool. "Services such as Google Security Checkup are clean and simple one-stop-shops for a regular "internet security NCT", which will significantly reduce the risk posed by ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated attacks on your personal information online". Given that many people use the same login credentials for multiple websites and apps, hackers could be able to gain access to more than just the website they stole the login information from.

"We only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google".

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