If you’ve been on the internet for more than a few years (you probably have) and have multiple online accounts (you probably do), there’s a high possibility that some of your passwords have ended up in the wrong hands.
Thankfully, Google has a solution.
On February 5, Google launched a new service, in the form of a Chrome extension, called Password Checkup. Once you install it, it lets you know whether your password is safe to use. If not, you’ll get an alert prompting you to change one or more of your passwords because that site has been exposed to a third-party breach.
The service works by automatically comparing your entered credentials, on any site, to an encrypted database that contains over 4 billion compromised credentials.
And if you’re wondering if Google can see your login credentials, they can’t. Google claims that the extension “never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device.” The company used a privacy-oriented implementation that keeps all of your information private and anonymous by encrypting your credentials before checking them against its online database.
You can also check out this easy 4-step visual explanation to learn more about how it works.
And, if you’re a Chrome user, you can install Password Checkup for free in Googles Chrome web store.