Google New Feature Targets Compromised Passwords, and if you remember, several months back, Google introduced a new feature to its Chrome browser that searches a user’s stored passwords, comparing them against a list of known compromised passwords.
The best part is that they alert the user if they are saving any of the compromised passwords. It’s an excellent feature and helps to make users safer.
Unfortunately, too many users were ignoring the warnings because changing those passwords was a bit cumbersome.
Undeterred, Google is trying again and has recently Google new feature targets Chrome on Android users change compromised passwords, reducing the process to a single tap.
If you’re using the latest version of Chrome on Android, there has been an update. Now, when the browser checks for stolen passwords, your Google Assistant displays a “Change Password” button instructing the browser to navigate to the website associated with the compromised password and take care of changing it all by itself.
Hate Updating Passwords Manually?
Naturally, if you wish, you can manually step through the process, but not many people care to do that in practice. Now, you don’t have to.
Patrick Nepper, Chrome’s Senior Product Manager, says the new Chrome automates the tedious portions of a user’s web browsing experience and automatically creates solid and robust passwords to replace any compromised passwords.
The new feature is already rolling out in the US, with the rest of the world to follow in the weeks ahead, so if you’re a US-based user, you may be able to take advantage of the new capabilities right now. If not, you won’t have to wait long.
Kudos to Google for putting user safety and security at the forefront of much of what they do. While some of the company’s changes have been less than popular, this one should be a rousing success and well received by just about everyone.