Whenever you are using the internet, security of your data is of top priority. Whether you are surfing the internet on your PC or on mobile, the concerns are still the same.
Because of the sensitive information been passed on the web, from passwords to confidential documents and so on, there is a need for caution. Some security measures have been put in place in recent times, but there is still the fear of been hacked.
In order to eliminate this fear, Google has been trying its best to provide features on its platform, that can provide some measure of security.
For example last year, Google added more security to the Chrome Browser with the updated Google Chrome 69 which included better password management, and even a password generator.
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This year also, Google has introduced two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps. And they are Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.
Today, we’re introducing two new updates that will help keep your data secure: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection #saferinternetdayhttps://t.co/L4JSztM69Q pic.twitter.com/CuHKYF1Ghh
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) February 5, 2019
We are now going to talk about these two new features, what they are, how you can use them and the benefits.
The Password Checkup is a Google Chrome extension that adds security to your data. But how does it do that? Google explains:
If we detect that a username and password on a site you use is one of over 4 billion credentials that we know have been compromised, the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password.
Another interesting fact about the Password Checkup is that it was built such that no one, including Google, can learn your account details. To enjoy the new security feature, just follow the steps provided in the image below.
You can take advantage of these new protections right away by installing the extension.
Cross Account Protection
Cross Account Protection, extends the Google ecosystem’s account hijacking and breach notices to apps that utilise Google Sign In. Here is how it works.
When apps and sites have implemented it, Google is able to send information about security events—like an account hijacking, for instance—to them so they can protect you, too.
In order to protect your privacy, Google will only send the following information:
- The fact that the security event happened.
- Basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if we forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity.
- Will only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google.
The feature is well research because Google worked closely with other major technology companies, like Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make sure the feature is easy for all apps to implement.
Google continues to improve the security of its users across the internet, not just on Google with products like Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection.