Google launches new password and account protection tools for Safer Internet Day

Google launches new password and account protection tools for Safer Internet Day

The firm is working alongside the likes of Adobe and various internet standards communities to make Cross Account Protection easy to implement.

If you fall within the category, you'll then be alerted about your login credentials having been leaked in the past; and prompted to change your password. Google, too, has seen such attacks, reporting to have blocked attacks on almost 110 million users in the past with the same database of four billion leaked credentials that it's now using to power the Password Checkup tool.

The blinding technique used by Google to further secure account details is a method through which a service provider can perform a service for a client in an encrypted form without knowing either the original input or the actual output. This is important because in many cases users don't even know when their services have been breached.

"This is concerning", says Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda who heads up Public Policy and Government Relations at Google South Africa. Users don't want to just hand over their passwords and accounts to Google openly, and "Google has a data set we don't want to publicly share", said Kurt Thomas, staff research scientist at Google. This Safer Internet Day, take a moment to strengthen your online security by completing these quick tips and help guide the younger users in your life to do the same.

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Cross Account Protection enables Google's tools allowing you to easily prevent and recover from security breaches to be employed by third party apps and sites. "Services such as Google Security Checkup are clean and simple one-stop-shops for a regular "internet security NCT", which will significantly reduce the risk posed by ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated attacks on your personal information online".

- Take the Google Security Checkup: The Security Checkup gives you personalized and actionable security recommendations that help you strengthen the security of your Google Account.

Google says that the Password Checkup was designed jointly with cryptography experts at Stanford University to ensure that the company never gets to know your username or password, and that "any breach data stays safe from wider exposure". Secondly, Google launched Cross Account Protection tools which extend the Google ecosystem's account hijacking and breach notices to apps that utilise Google Sign In. We only share basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if we forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity.

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