Google I/O, the annual event for developers organized by the Mountain View company, is back. After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus, the Internet giant has opted for a completely virtual event in which it has revealed many new features focused on security and privacy, including a series of improvements for the password manager integrated in Chrome.
The search engine company envisions a future without passwords, but as it looks for more secure ways to authenticate users, it comes up with solutions to maintain protection and avoid inconvenience. In this sense, the manager now warns if it detects that any of the stored passwords have been compromised.
In case one or more passwords have security problems, Google has come up with an easy way to quickly change them. When the user taps the web browser notification’s “change password” button, a wizard redirects them to the affected service.
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Also, it walks you through the process of choosing a strong password. Android users can also benefit from this feature, just like PC users. Google ensures that over time the websites and applications with which the password change assistant is compatible will increase.
How to activate notifications of compromised passwords in Google Chrome?
If you already use Chrome’s password manager, you can easily turn on breach notifications. Open the browser, at the top right click on the three dots menu and then on Settings.
Under Privacy and Security, select Security chooses a navigation option: Standard Protection, and check the option “Warn me if your passwords are exposed in a data breach” or Enhanced Protection, which already includes this feature by default.
Remember that you can also manage and review the strength of your passwords through passwords.google.com directly from any web browser. Simply follow the link and sign in with your Google account.
In addition, from now on, the Google password manager allows you to automatically import data from another administrator. Google wants you to stop depending on third-party managers to focus everything on your web browser. Precisely, Chrome also updates its integration with Android. It no longer only completes passwords on web pages, now it also does it in applications.