Google Chrome is the American tech giant’s internet browser that is hugely popular, in part thanks to the high degree of customisation it offers users.
One of Chrome’s most lauded features is its extensions system that allows new tools to be downloaded for the browser.
While third-parties are able to introduce new extensions for Chrome, Google also releases its own.
The latest of which is dubbed “Password Checkup” and seeks to prevent user data from being compromised in the event of a data breach.
Introduced as part of Safer Internet Day, that took place on February 5, the extension is able to warn users when they are using “unsafe credentials” that may have been compromised.
Password Checkup will then insist users change their details.
Discussing the new feature, the American tech giant said: “We want to provide you with the same data breach protections for your accounts, beyond just Google apps and sites.
“This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help. 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 has emphasised it is not able to learn user details as part of the new feature.
Instead the firm is insisting encryption techniques being employed will ensure this cannot occur.
The firm went on: “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.”
“Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind. It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device.
“We do report anonymous information about the number of lookups that surface an unsafe credential, whether an alert leads to a password change, and the domain involved for improving site coverage.”
Google has insisted it has a database of “over 4billion credentials”, the users of which will be alerted if they have been compromised.
Such a figure suggests not all websites will be covered by the new extension.
The Verge quoted Google as saying “most” US sites are supported by it.
Password Checkup is currently available to download for free on the Chrome Web Store.
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