February 5th was Safe Internet Day and Google is bringing users some great new features to help keep you credentials safe no matter where the web takes you.
Data breaches happen more often than any of us care to admit. Keeping your login information safe is of the utmost importance in the digital age in which we live and Google is hoping to make it a little bit easier to keep your Google accounts secure.
There are plenty of third-party tools out there to check specific data breach events if you’re concerned a specific site has leaked access to your information but keeping track of all the compromised accounts is a daunting task that is near impossible.
With so many sites using Google credentials for login authorization, Google has launched the Password Checkup extension in the Chrome Web Store so that users can not only check for compromised accounts but proactively monitor future breaches should they occur.
We built Password Checkup so that no one, including Google, can learn your account details. To do this, we developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University.
CROSS ACCOUNT PROTECTION
Next on the list of added security addresses the issue of Apps that use Google authorization for sign-in.
Cross Account Protection allows security events to be sent to third-party apps and site when detected by Google. No personal information is shared with the third-party, only the fact that an event has occurred and what type of event it was.
- We only share the fact that the security event happened.
- We only share basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if we forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity.
- We only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google.