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Chrome for Android and iOS Starts Sending Alerts when Saved Passwords are Leaked

Chrome will let you know if your credentials have been leaked


Google Chrome is ramping up security protocols and will now tell you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised, and if so, how to fix them.

Chrome does this by sending a copy of your usernames and passwords to Google in an encrypted form. These credentials are then checked against lists of credentials known to be compromised. Google assures that it cannot derive your username or password owing to the encryption technology.

If you’ve been keeping tabs on such news, you can remember that Google Chrome started sending alerts for compromised password on desktop since version 79. But the latest version now makes the process easier. Previously, starting with Chrome 79, it only alerted you after you visit a site and enter credentials that have been compromised.

Besides, the new alerts, Google is also making it easy to change compromised passwords. Chrome will henceforth take users directly to the URL that allows them to change a password on a specific site after they’ve been alerted that their password has been compromised.

This feature has been available on a couple of third-party dedicated password managers. (There are many reasons why using a Password Manager is vital in the present world.)

Chrome is also adding Safety Check to mobile. It will be available on iOS and Android in the next Chrome update.

Safety Check is an all-in-one security solution. It checks for compromised passwords, will tell you if Safe Browsing is enabled, and whether the version of Chrome you are running is updated with the latest security protections.

And in Chrome for iOS, users will soon autofill saved login details into other apps and browsers.

Chrome 86 also introduces Enhanced Safe Browsing for Android (introduced on desktop early 2020), biometric authentication before auto-filling passwords on iOS, and mixed form warnings and download blocking across all platforms.

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