If you store your passwords in Chrome or even just use Android’s default password manager, Google has some new security tools you’ll be interested in.
With just a few taps, you can scan your entire password database for lists of accounts known to be hacked. Depending on your device and the websites in question, you can even let the Google Assistant automatically change your compromised passwords for you.
Step 1: Find Compromised Passwords
To start, make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome for Android by checking the app’s Play Store page for updates. From there, tap the three-dot menu button in the top right corner and choose “Settings,”
Of the Passwords menu, tap the third option down: “Check passwords.” This will open another page and start a scan of any password you have saved in Chrome or Android. It checks your usernames to see if they were involved in a data breach, and if so, it also checks for other copies of the passwords that may have been compromised in those data breaches.
In other words, if you have used the same account name and password on multiple sites, but only one has been hacked, you will still be prompted to change the reused password on other sites. If your username and password are somewhere on a breach list, it is common practice for hackers to try the same username and password on other sites since so many people reuse their login credentials.
Step 2: Change Compromised Passwords
This next part will vary depending on the site, so I can’t provide full instructions, but I can tell you where to start.
Once the scan is complete, you will see how many compromised passwords you have stored in Chrome. Scroll through this list and tap the “Change password” button to visit the site in question – unfortunately you will probably You’ll have to do everything manually from there, but make sure to tap “Update Password” when Chrome prompts you after changing your login information.
If you’re using a Google Pixel phone, you may see a dark blue “Change password” button on some sites, complete with the Google Assistant logo next to it. In these cases, you can just tap the button and watch Google Assistant open the site and change your password for you using Duplex for Web. Don’t worry, you can intervene at any time to do things manually if it takes a wrong turn.
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