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Google shows how simple steps can make you safer on Internet

09 Февраля 2019

In other words, there's no real downside to installing the extension and helping protect your online accounts. Thus, if the plugin alerts you that your username and password have been stolen from one website, then you should also change your password on other websites you were using the same password on.

An unusually large group of Google engineers and research scientists are behind Password Checkup, more than 30 of whom are credited for assisting in the creation of the extension.

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day, and to mark the occasion Google launched a couple of new tools to enhance you and your data's safety.

While there are already third party tools and sites that will let you know if your various online accounts are pwned or not, I'm sure some people will prefer an official Google extension for this aspect of their security.

The extension won't flag up weak passwords, such as "password" or "123456", or in cases where a user's outdated passwords, which have since been reset, were breached.

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When duplicate credentials are detected, Google will prompt you to change your password. "To do this, we developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University". This Safer Internet Day, take a moment to strengthen your online security by completing these quick tips and help guide the younger users in your life to do the same. As an example, Google might tell third-parties app partners that due to suspicious account activity, it required a user to sign-in again. "This is our first version of the "Password Checkup", and we wll be refining in the coming months", Thomas said.

The two services are called Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, and help protect users not just when they're using Google's sites and apps, but beyond that as well.

In a blog post advising users of what they can do right now to improve online safety, Google wrote, "Create a unique password for each account to eliminate this risk".

Google has rolled out two new tools starting this week enhancing security for users' accounts. Moreover, the search giant says it will only share basic information regarding the event itself. Google has built it with collaboration with top technology companies such as Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make this easy for all apps to implement.

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Google shows how simple steps can make you safer on Internet