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Google launches new password and account protection tools for Safer Internet Day

Google launches new password and account protection tools for Safer Internet Day

With Feb. 5 being "Safer Internet Day", there's no time like the present for a refresher! A year ago saw 100,000 young people get involved in the initiative.

Password Checkup is now available in the Chrome Web Store as an extension for Chrome, while more information on how to use it or toggle it on or off is available on the "Protect accounts that have unsafe passwords" Google support page. Google says that it already automatically resets the password on your Google Account if it may have been exposed in a third party data breach (and such a policy helps reduce the risk of your account getting hacked by a factor of ten). A quarter of them (26 percent) say they use a security check tool such as Google Security Checkup at least once a month. People are urged to use separate, strong and unique password for each online account.

Password Checkup is a Google Chrome extension that helps you to re-secure accounts that were affected by data breaches.

Google says you should trust it because it developed the extension with Stanford University cryptography researchers, and according to Google's blog on the news, the extension won't share your passwords or usernames with anyone at Google. However, all this good work can easily be undone by not staying on top of security settings and regularly monitoring permissions and account activity.

Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore to sit out 2019 WBNA season
Most recently, we've seen Angel McCoughtry sit out the 2017 season and Emma Meesseman rest for all of the 2018 campaign. Moore, 29, didn't clarify in the post whether she plans to return to basketball in 2020 or beyond.

"Helping people manage their privacy and security is integral to everything we do".

Ensure your browser is up to date.

In the rare case that an attacker is able to find a way into your Google Account, we've built useful tools to help you quickly get back to safety. What it does, is essentially mirroring of Google-only security features for nearly all of your internet stuff. Thankfully, half the world's online population is protected by Safe Browsing today. The best way to avoid this is to check the URL, otherwise known as the web address. Google's "Safe Browsing System" technology, which warns the user every time they want to enter a suspected site of phishing scams, unwanted software or malware installation. Elie Bursztein, head of Google's anti-abuse research, told Ars that the protocol behind the service is being presented as a standard for securely checking account security and that the interface may be offered as an open application interface in the future.

With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords.


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