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Google Chrome Alerts You If Your Password Is Compromised

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Hacking has become frequent these days and experts have revealed various ways that users today could be vulnerable to such attacks. In an attempt to tackle this issue, Chrome lets you know if your password has been stolen. 

How does it work?

Google Chrome will store your password and username as a hashed and encrypted copy and it will have a secret key that will only be known to Google. The company in the blog says, “When you sign in to a website, Chrome will send a hashed copy of your username and password to Google encrypted with a secret key only known to Chrome. No one, including Google, is able to derive your username or password from this encrypted copy.”

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How does it work?

When some passwords and usernames are exposed in a data breach, Google will cross check if you are also a part of that breach, without giving out any of your information to the website. This technique is called a private set intersection with blindingIf your password and username are compromised, it will notify you about it and will request you to change it.

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Several months back, the company reported that 1.5 percent of the user passwords are compromised, i.e. over 316,000 passwords. It also suggested that users are unaware of the risk reused and unsafe passwords pose to their financial, government, and email accounts. 

It may be time to change up your passwords. 

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