With the number of massive data breaches we’ve seen over the years, there is a very good chance that you might have an account out there somewhere whose password might have been compromised.
Changing passwords can sometimes be a bit of a hassle, but Google is making the process a lot easier and smoother for Chrome users on Android. The company has started to roll out an update to Google Assistant where it can not only detect if you’ve entered a compromised password, but will also offer to change it on your behalf.
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Users can always opt to change the password themselves, but in case you don’t want to, Google Assistant is giving users the option to have the passwords change on their behalf, which is actually pretty useful.
This isn’t necessarily a new feature per se. Google had actually announced at I/O last year that the feature was coming, so while we did have to wait pretty much an entire year, it is still better than nothing. Of course, ideally users should choose strong passwords to begin with that makes it harder for hackers to guess, but sometimes these types of data breaches cannot be helped.
In the meantime, if you are curious as to whether or not your email might have been part of any of these breaches and if you have a compromised account, you can check against the database on Have I Been Pwned’s website for the details.