The password manager of Google it is becoming smarter: instead of just serving to save your combinations, it will alert you when a leak compromises one of your accounts. The feature already existed as an extension for Chrome and will be integrated into the web version of the manager starting this Wednesday (2).
The resource Password check-up analyzes the combinations you saved to your Google account via Chrome and Android. It is necessary to access the Password Manager, verify your identity and request verification. Then, three types of results will be presented: weak passwords, reused passwords and compromised passwords.
Weak passwords are those with “obvious phrases, simple keyboard patterns and isolated words”. THE Google recommendation is to create a long and easy-to-remember password, such as “the words of a song or a poem, an important line from a film or speech or a passage from a book”. If you still insist on unreadable passwords with a lot of special characters because you believe they are stronger, read this.
Reusing passwords is a highly recommended practice, as leaking a single combination of yours can compromise multiple of your accounts. To check if your password has already been leaked on the internet, Google consult the following sources:
- 17 Media
- 1.4 bi Collection
- 1-5 Collection
- Nexus Mods
Google reveals to The Verge that a survey commissioned by the company found that only 37% of Americans surveyed activate two-step authentication and 66% reuse their passwords on more than one service. In addition, only 11% changed their passwords after there was a data leak on Netflix or another streaming service.
Of course, you’re already well above average if you don’t use 123456 as a password, but a little caution is always a good thing.