Google’s just launched a fresh Chrome browser extension that is designed to help protect your internet reports from intruders. It should be built into the browser, but you’ll want to install it — and never see it again until that occurs.
The Password Checkup extension is triggered every time you sign into a site; once you enter your info, it looks up a database of over 4 billion credentials which have been proven to have been part of the flow or a data breach. If it finds a match, it’ll show an alert asking you to change your details immediately.
It’s kinda like security researcher Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned? Service — which allows you to look your usernames and passwords up to find out if they were leaked or stolen — wrapped to an extension.
Google claims the extension is intended to never disclose your credentials into the company and to prevent malicious actors from hijacking its functionality to obtain access to your data. It’s also looking to improve how it works over time; hopefully, it is going to be baked to a future version of the browser more users can take the necessary actions to protect their accounts.