With the frequent news about security breaches, are you concerned that your passwords might be compromised?
Have you registered with https://haveibeenpwned.com/?
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
I’ve got great news for you!
Google Chrome Can Tell You if your passwords have been compromised!
Google has created an extension (software program) for its Chrome web browser that will alert you if a username and password is known to be unsafe.
The extension is called Password Checkup and it checks a database of 4 billion credentials that have been compromised (stolen and exposed) in various data breaches.
When the extension detects an insecure password, it will display a big red dialogue box telling you to immediately change your username or password.
Of course, allowing an extension to read all your usernames and passwords raises concerns about privacy.
Google is well aware of this and has designed an encryption system to keep all your information private and anonymous:
“We built Password Checkup so that no one, including Google, can learn your account details. To do this, we developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University. For a more technical description of these innovations, check out our security blog post.”
Here’s a short video tutorial on How to Install Password Checkup
Or follow these steps:
Click on the 3 stacked dots (upper right)
Hover over “More Tools”
Click on the menu icon (upper left corner)
Click on “Open Chrome Web Store (lower left corner)
In the “search the store” box, type “password checkup”
Click on Install
Click the X to close the confirmation window
If Password Checkup lets you know that a password you use is unsafe:
Sign in to the account with the unsafe password.
Create a new, strong password for the account and any other accounts that use the same password.
If the site offers another security measure, like Two-Step Verification, consider setting it up.
Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below
If you need help, you can schedule an appointment on my calendar here
I’m so excited to have a simple solution for keeping your passwords safe!
I hope you will forward share this tip with everyone you know.
P.S. I try to use as little Geek speak as possible, but you do need to understand a few terms.
I highlight them in bold so you can check yourself and look up the ones you don’t know.
Here’s a little self-test for you. How many do you know?
What is a web browser?
What is a browser extension?
Why does it matter if your account is taken over?
What is a dialogue box?
What does “account credentials” mean?
What does “compromised password” mean?