Google has released a Chrome extension that checks passwords

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Earlier today, Google announced and released an extension for its Chrome web browser named Privacy Checkup. The extension is designed to alert users of any passwords used that match with those identified as part of any known data breach, and will assist users in changing that password into one that has not been compromised.

As detailed in a post on the company's online security blog, Small Password Checkup iconPassword Checkup was developed with three key principles:

  1. Alerts should provide concise and accurate security advice
  2. Neither Google nor any other party can see the personal information entered
  3. Password Checkup will only generate an alert when both your current username and password appear in a breach

Password Checkup parses this information without any of it being revealed to Google or at risk of being hijacked by attackers by utilizing "multiple rounds of hashing, k-anonymity, private information retrieval, and a technique called blinding."

Password Checkup is now available for Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome via the Small Chrome Web Store iconChrome Web Store.

Further coverage:
Google Online Security Blog
Ars Technica
gHacks Tech News
The Verge
VentureBeat

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