Chrome Helps Users Check Passwords For Strength. While Google has come under fire from privacy groups in recent months, the fact remains that on balance, the company is working hard to improve overall user experience on the web and provide better security.
The most recent changes to the company’s Chrome browser is an excellent example of that very thing.
Chome has focused on better password security for months now, including a free tool that checks for compromised passwords, now built into the browser. Recently, Google Chrome has improved on that technology further, offering a new tool that checks all your saved passwords’ relative strength. If it finds any passwords in storage that are weak and easy to deduce, it will draw the user’s attention to those and offer to help strengthen the passwords in question.
According to a recent Chrome blog post, the new feature is in beta now and slate to roll out in the weeks ahead for all users upgrading to version 88 of the browser.
From an operational standpoint, here’s how Chrome Helps Users Check Passwords:
When Chrome checks a weak password in your list of stored passwords, it gives you a prompt that notifies you of the weakness and allows you to change the password to something stronger on the spot. In addition to that, Chrome can also generate a random, stronger password on the spot.
Whether you create your own stronger password or take Google Chrome’s suggestion regarding a randomly generated one, you can save the stronger password to your saved list on the spot. That makes using the new feature in conjunction with the websites you regularly visit a seamless operation.
Finally, Chrome offers users a way to check the strength of all of their stored passwords by going to Settings, Passwords, then Check password and selecting the “Check Now” option.
If the Chrome password review finds any problems, it will present the weak passwords in list form, allowing you to check each one in turn. It’s a simple, well-design feature that is almost certain to improve security. Kudos to Google Chrome for the change.