Google Password Security- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated October as “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month” to get government and industry working together to help people make better decisions and so be safer online. To coincide with this collaborative effort, Google is launching several initiatives. These include a Password Checkup feature that integrates into your Google account’s password manager, an incognito mode for Google Maps, YouTube history auto-delete and an easy way to delete your Google Assistant activity. Here’s everything you need to know.
Google password security changes
Google has had some reasonably robust security measures in place to help bolster your privacy for some while now. The Security Checkup feature that automatically detects potential security issues with your Google account, or the Password Checkup extension for Chrome that checks if your login credentials have been used on a site that has been breached, for example.
To coincide with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google is integrating that Password Checkup functionality into the Google account password manager. With a single tap, this will check all your saved passwords against a database of some 4 billion credentials leaked in data breaches. If there are any matches, this will warn you of the fact and provide personalized and actionable recommendations where needed. Password Checkup will also notify you if the password you are entering has been used across other sites as such credential reuse is a significant security risk. If one site that you use such a “utility password” on should get breached, it puts all the other sites and services where it is used at risk of compromise as well. Finally, the function will warn when you are using a weaker than recommended password that could put your personal information at risk. The same functionality will also be integrated directly into the Google Chrome browser later in the year, so bringing better protection to everyone. Assuming everyone uses the Google password manager, that is, which is where things start getting a little stickier on the security awareness front, sadly.