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Google adds new security updates celebrating ‘Safer Internet Day’

09 February 2019, 12:56 | Casey Mitchell

Google adds new security updates celebrating ‘Safer Internet Day’

Google adds new security updates celebrating ‘Safer Internet Day’

"With technologies like Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, we're continuing to improve the security of our users across the internet, not just on Google - and we'll never stop improving our defences to keep you safe online".

The reason behind this extension's creation is that threat actor groups are using username and password combos from old leaks to launch credential stuffing attacks, attempting to gain access to other online accounts where users have reused their old username and password combos. The extension enables you to find out which accounts have been compromised and prompts you to change unsafe passwords. "This research shows that South Africans are well aware of the dangers that present themselves online, yet so few are proactively using tools available to protect them from online predators". Well, Google has created a Chrome plugin that will report if login information has been stolen.

With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it's hard for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords.

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Paul Moore, an infosec consultant and CISO, warned: "Google's new PasswordCheckup logs *every* web address you login to". Google says the extension will be further refined over the coming months.

Alongside the extension, Google today announced a security capability called Cross Account Protection that aims to provide better protection for its own users against hackers.

Cross Account Protection feature, which is more aimed at app developers, will help in protecting apps where you've signed into with Google account.

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Internet users in Ireland score highly in relation to password security but fail to maintain good online safety habits, a survey by YouGov commissioned by Google has found. It's also looking to improve the way it works over time; hopefully it'll be baked into a future version of the browser so more users can take the necessary steps to protect their accounts. Even if the user chooses a strong password, it's useless if it is used for all accounts.

In the unfortunate occasion of account compromise, setting up a recovery email or mobile device will help online services inform its subscribers of possible suspicious activity.

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