Over the years, we’ve come across various stories of how big retailers and online platforms have been hacked and their data breached. As a result, users who don’t rely on two-factor authentication and/or weak passwords could potentially find some of their accounts compromised.
For those who might be a bit concerned about their passwords and whether or not they might have been leaked, Google actually has a tool that lets you check, and to top things off, Google Assistant can even change those passwords for you so that the process is a bit more automated.
Change compromised passwords with Google Assistant
- On your Android device, launch Google Chrome
- Tap the three dot icon at the top right corner of the app
- Tap on Settings
- Scroll down to Passwords and tap on it
- Tap on Check passwords
- Google will now analyze your passwords and check it against a database of known breaches
- It will then show you which online accounts you’ve linked to Google that might have been compromised
- Tap on the Change password button with the Google Assistant icon next to it
- You’ll now get a popup asking if you agree to let Google Assistant change your password for you. Tap on “I agree”
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the password change
Once that’s done, repeat the process above with all your other compromised accounts to better secure it. Obviously, using two-factor authentication whether it be through an authenticator app, SMS, or a security key would be ideal because in those situations, even if the hacker guessed your password, they still wouldn’t be able to access it.