In a Tweet on Monday 3rd July 2020, Chrome announced new updates to its password manager tool. The browser company claims that with its updated settings, even Google cannot access users’ passwords.
As the world has learned from the recent Twitter hack, it is important that even company employees do not get itch-free access to users’ information. Also, Google Chrome has been under scrutiny recently for violating privacy agreements.
Thus, it is important that it assures users of their safety if it hopes to retain many of them. In a video narrated by Product Manager Patrick Nepper, the company provided details about the latest improvements.
#Chrome’s password manager is constantly improving. Hear Product Manager Patrick Nepper talk about the latest update – checking for compromised passwords with one click in safety check. pic.twitter.com/VrvHJ5pHiW
— Chrome (@googlechrome) August 3, 2020
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The main way Chrome protects users’ passwords is by preventing them from using the same passwords for different accounts. While it is understandable that people repeat passwords so that they don’t forget it, it is dangerous.
For example, if hackers should obtain one of your passwords, they can compromise several of your other accounts. Thus, Chrome’s password manager is now integrated into the Google Safety Engineering Center safety check.
Now, it quickly warns users if they are still using a compromised password in a data breach. Also, Chrome can now help users create new, unique, and strong passwords for new accounts. The software will also remember these passwords for users and supports the auto-fill feature.
The new update is available on both mobile and web Chrome versions. When users sign in to a website, Chrome sends a hashed copy of both the username and password to Google. Only Chrome has the secret key to decrypt the hashed information, thus, even Google employees cannot access it.
Nepper says that there have been 25% fewer issues of leaks per person within one month of rolling out breach warnings. He adds that in the future, Chrome hopes to be able to quickly fix password breaches as quickly as possible.
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