Keeping up with its strong reputation on security and performance Google Chrome has introduced a new feature that alters the user when the password is compromised on Android and iOS means that Google Chrome will warn about leaked passwords. This is quite similar to the visiting malicious website warning feature. Always keep your passwords safe.
Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google, released in 2008 for Microsoft Windows, and was later made for Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android where it serves as the default built-in browser for the OS. Because of its huge success, Google has expanded the “Chrome” brand name to other products: Chrome OS, Chromecast, Chromebook, and a few more.
Most of Chrome’s source code is based on Google’s free and open-source software project Chromium, but Chrome is licensed as proprietary freeware. WebKit was the original rendering engine, but Google eventually forked it to create the Blink engine; all Chrome variants except iOS now use Blink.
As of today, StatCounter and NetMarketShare estimate that Chrome has a 68% worldwide browser market share on personal computers (PC), 63.58% and 65.01% respectively across all platforms. It had peaked in November by having a 72.58% market share.
Being popular for faster performance over Internet Explorer(Now discontinued) it was obvious that Chrome would come in the eyes of developers. It features a minimalistic user interface, with its user-interface principles later used on other browsing platforms. For example, the merging of the address bar and search bar into the omnibox.
This lead to creating a strong position for Google Chrome in the market. Some of its features such as Bookmarks and settings synchronization, Web standards support( It passed Acid1, Acid2, Acid3 Tests), and strong browser security features such as warning users of visiting a malicious website and informing the user when he is on an insecure website, made it stand out.
Updates for Chrome
Keeping up with its strong reputation on security and performance Google Chrome has introduced a new feature that alters the user when the password is compromised on Android and iOS(sorry PC users). This is quite similar to the visiting malicious website warning feature.
Google stated that this feature will check if your passwords are compromised by sending an encrypted copy of your username and password to Google. Then it will run that against a list of credentials known to be compromised and later it will let you know if your passwords were part of a security breach.
Now we can say that if anyhow our password gets leaked Google Chrome will warn about leaked passwords and will guide you to change the passwords.
Google also stated that our credentials will be encrypted in a way that the company could not have access to it ( Apple this for you). So, what will happen if a password is compromised?? If a password is compromised, Chrome will guide you to the correct, “change password” form through its new “.well known/change-password” URLs. This is a good addition as it would directly take you to the change password page instead of doing it manually by going to Settings and doing R&D for a while.
Now the Android and iOS versions of Chrome will have Enhanced Safe Browsing. This was added to the desktop version while ago. Basically, if this feature is enabled safe browsing, will share real-time data of the sites you are visiting and lets Google warn you against any malware on the sites.
For iOS users, Chrome is adding biometric (using Face ID and Touch ID on respective iPhones) authentication to Chrome Autofill passwords. This means you have to verify before using the autofill feature. You can also enable Chrome Autofill in the iPhone’s settings to use it across iOS apps. The feature has been on Android for a while now.
How you can keep your passwords safe?
This type of question can come up in our mind on how to keep our passwords safe, we will share you some tips to keep your passwords safe.
- Always use lengthy passwords keep it between 10-15 characters.
- Always use a combination of special characters(@,!,#,$,%,&,*), numbers and capital and small characters in your password.
- Do not share your password with anyone or on untrusted site.
- Regularly change the passwords, change it after 1 or 2 months.