The new extension is added by Google in order to perform a ‘Password Checkup’ that alerts users if their online credentials have been compromised.
In the past cybersecurity researchers have discovered during a security poll that 52% of users reuse the same password for multiple – but not all – accounts and more concerning is the fact that another 13% reuse the same password for all of their accounts.
The same poll also revealed that just 24% of those surveyed use a password manager, and 69% give themselves an A or B when it comes to protecting their online accounts.
Experts say that the low usage numbers for password managers are not surprising, even if that password managers are easy to use once. But the fact that such software can create more problems for users because all their passwords are now in one place, it is the main factor why they are too popular among average.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
After seeing this new study, Google has developed and now release the Password Checkup extension for Chrome browser; this extension is a masterpiece cybersecurity feature because it warns users when their credentials have been stolen or compromised.
The extension works like this: when a user signs in, it checks if the user name and password appears in a data breach known to Google if a positive response returns the user will receive an alert to reset the password.
Regarding user privacy we have to tell you that this was the main focus during the development process; Password Checkup is the result of a strong partnership between Google and Stanford University. According to both parties, the extension will never report any identifying information about a user’s accounts, passwords, or devices.
The only things that it reports are anonymous information about the number of lookups that surface an unsafe credential, number of alerts that lead to a password change, and the domain involved for improving site coverage.
The main opinion regarding this kind of user protection is that the industry needs to move toward eliminating the password.
It is known that the average person handles around 200 usernames and passwords because of this no one is expecting people to manage all those passwords and change them every three months.
Even if a user think that it is secured the reality is that he is not because there are keyloggers out in the cyberspace and many other serious security threats that are not visible to consumers. Also, keep in mind this even the NSA isn’t confident that they can protect their online accounts.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.