Google Chrome now also detects when your passwords are weak, not just if they have been leaked in data breaches



Some time ago Google launched its Password Checkup extension to check the security of our passwords by checking if they have ever been exposed in a data breach. Not long after, the company decided to integrate that function within Chrome itself so that the browser would tell us when our credentials were insecure.



Now they've taken it a little further, and no the browser will not only warn if the password has been compromised, but also when it is weak. This new function can now be tested in Chrome Canary by activating the following flag:



A new addition to Chrome's security check



To test this new feature you just have to activate the function in Chrome Canary. This will add a new section when you do a Security check in Chrome from the menu Setting.




Google Chrome Revision Password Weak



  • Open Chrome Canary and type chrome: // flags in the url bar

  • Type "weakness" in the search box (without quotes) and enable the two options that appear in the results by selecting "Enable" from the drop-down menu. As shown in the picture above.

  • Restart Chrome.






My email and password have been leaked in the biggest security breach in history, how can I protect myself?




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My email and password have been leaked in the biggest security breach in history, how can I protect myself?







Chrome Check Now



  • Launch Chrome and navigate to the Security Check options in Settings. You can do it directly by typing chrome: // settings / safetyCheck in the address bar.

  • Click on Check now and wait for the results.

  • The browser will tell you how many of your passwords have been compromised and how many are weak or insecure.



Unsecure Passwords



If you click on "View" you can access the details of each compromised password stored in Chrome, and at the end you will find another list with weak passwords. You can change each one by clicking on the button on the right that will take you to the password change form for each site or service.



Via | Techdows