Google Chome highlights weak passwords you use prompting you to change them to make your accounts more secure. Google Chrome is offering to check users’ password status to see if any passwords are compromised.
Google Chome highlights weak passwords in recent months to bolster the security of everyone who uses their products, and the company is ready to take another step in that direction.
The root of the issue here is that if you use simple passwords, hackers can easily guess your password via brute force methods. Hackers have automated routines that allow them to try the most commonly used weak passwords in seconds. If you’re using a weak password, it’s child’s play for even a relatively hacker – even those without any skills – to gain access to your accounts.
While the new feature isn’t ready for Prime Time yet, if you want an early look at the shape of things to come, you can download and install Chrome Canary. Once you do, type “Chrome://flags” into the address bar and press enter.
Then, search for the ‘weak’ and enable the ‘Safety check for weak passwords’ and ‘Passwords weakness check’ flags.
Once they enable these flags, you’ll need to close and restart the browser for the changes to take effect. After you do that, you can go to Settings, and you’ll see a “Safety Check” option, with “Check Now” beneath it. Click that, and it will check all of your stored passwords.
It’s a useful feature and well worth checking out. However, note that Google has not given any indication when this new feature might make its way into the stable build.