Google has added a new update to improving password security on both Android and iOS devices by telling you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised.
Google Add New Password Protections alerts to Chrome for Android, iOS
The browser alerts you if any of the passwords you have asked it to save have been compromised, and lead you straight to the right ‘change password’ .
Chrome will check if your passwords are compromised passwords, they send a copy of your usernames and passwords to Google using special encryption code. Lets Google checks it against credentials known to be compromised, but Google cannot derive your username or password from this encrypted copy.
Moreover, Google also establishes its Safety Check feature to the Chrome mobile release after first launching it on desktop. This will include checking whether your browser version is up to date and if you’ve enabled Safe Browsing.
Google will also add new features in Chrome 86 that is rolling out now, to improve user security. It will also be launching Enhanced Safe Browsing for Android & ISO through which Chrome can protect you against phishing, malware, and other harmless websites, by sharing real-time data with Google’s Safe Browsing Service. Google had released Enhanced Safe Browsing for desktop Advance this year.
Enhanced Safe Browsing for Android
Earlier this year, We launched Enhanced Safe Browsing for desktop, which gives Chrome users the option of more advanced security protections.
When you turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome can proactively protect you against Phishing, Malware, and other Dangerous sites by sharing real-time data with Google’s Safe Browsing service.
Among our users who have enabled checking websites and downloads in real-time, our predictive phishing protections see a roughly 20% drop in users typing their passwords into phishing sites.
Google Chrome Creators Group also announced a biometric authentication step before auto-dialing passwords for iOS. You can authenticate using your Face ID, Touch ID, or phone passcode. If you enable Chrome autofill in Settings, Chrome Password Manager allows you to autofill saved passwords into iOS apps or browsers.
Google Chrome also block or warn on some insecure downloads initiated by secure pages. This is also part of Google Chrome’s plan to gradually block mixed downloads altogether.
The feature, which can be easily accessed in the ‘Settings’ tab under ‘Sync and Google services’, relies on Google’s service known as Safe Browsing, which contains a database of unsafe web facility that updates every 30 minutes.
According to Google, however, many phishing sites slipped through the time window, Google says that the expansion of its phishing protection and real-time scanning on the desktop has been shown to create alerts for an extra 30 percent of phishing sites.