Published: Sat, December 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Chrome now offering better password protection with improved features

Chrome now offering better password protection with improved features

You now get real-time phishing protection on Chrome so you are warned when you're visiting malicious sites.

Google says, "For now, we're gradually rolling this out for everyone signed in to Chrome as a part of our Safe Browsing protections". It keeps these as part of its Safe Browsing initiative.

As the world's number one browser on desktop and mobile, Google Chrome needs to keep evolving in all areas, and security must without a doubt be a priority given the growing number of online threats.

With the release of Chrome 79, Google completes its goal of erasing www from the browser by no longer allowing Chrome users to automatically show the www trivial subdomain in the address bar. If you want to read a more in-depth guide to the expanded password protections in Chrome, be sure to read all about it on the Google Online Security Blog.

As The Verge explains, Google has also improved phishing protection in Chrome, helping you avoid entering usernames, passwords and personal information into fake versions of genuine websites.

What is gained by removing it other than a bit more space in the browser's address bar?

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If you're sharing your laptop, computer, or tablet with other people and you each have your own Chrome profile, it can sometimes get confusing as to which one is now up on the browser. It started as the "Password Checkup" extension for desktop versions of Chrome, which would audit individual passwords when you entered them, and several months later it was integrated into every Google account as an on-demand audit you can run on all your saved passwords. However, if you are still skeptical of letting Google "check" your passwords, then there will be an option to switch it off. So, how does this password checker work? . The service still didn't check your credentials against hacked logins whenever you logged into a website.

Only you discover if your username and password have been compromised. Chrome first sends an encrypted, 3-byte hash of your username to Google, where it is compared to Google's list of compromised usernames. Those protections will apply even if you use a different browser afterwards.

For your privacy, Google doesn't do this matching itself.

At least some users felt that Google removed a vital part of a website's address as www.example.com and example.com don't necessarily load the same resource. Google uses that snippet of your hashed username to select the part of its database including the same snippet in the index.

This time, the feature goes live for Chrome users who have Sync enabled. Soon, when you type your Google account password into a suspected phishing site, we'll add additional protections to ensure your account isn't compromised. Any time Google hits a match, it notifies you that a specific set of credentials is public and unsafe and that you should probably change the password. You can make that easier by using a password manager with a built-in password generator.

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