Google’s just launched a new Chrome browser extension that’s designed to help protect your online accounts from intruders. It really should just be built into the browser, but until that happens, you’ll want to install it – and hopefully never see it again.
The Password Checkup extension is triggered every time you sign into a site; when you enter your info, it looks up a database of more than 4 billion credentials that have been known to have been part of a data breach or leak. If it finds a match, it’ll display an alert asking you to change your details immediately.
It’s a tiny “plug-in” that you install in Chrome. Then, once it’s installed, it can let you know if you need to change your account password.
“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,” Google said.
It’s part of Google’s Password Checkup tool. Here’s how to install it.
Using the Chrome browser, install Google’s new Password Checkup tool.
Tap “Add to Chrome.”
Confirm that you want to add it to Chrome.
You’ll see a screen shield on the top-right of Chrome once it’s installed.
Now, if you’re browsing the web and the plug-in detects that you’re using a password it knows has been compromised, it will show you a warning that looks like this, alerting you to change your passwords.