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

Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection will enable users to monitor and protect their Google account details from data breaches.

Google has introduced two new tools it says will help users secure their data and passwords, as the technology giant marks Safer Internet Day.

The company has announced the release of a new Password Checkup tool, a free extension to the firm’s Chrome web browser which automatically warns users if their account details are detected to have been compromised in a cyber attack or data breach.

A pop-up alert will appear alerting users if their details are no longer safe and will suggest they change their password.

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The tool has been built with ‘privacy at its heart’ (Google)

The tool has been designed with the help of cryptography experts at Stanford University, the firm said, adding that it had been built with “privacy at its heart” and as such will never reveal account information to Google.

The second new tool, called Cross Account Protection, has been designed for incidents when hackers do make it inside a user’s Google account, the company said.

It will alert other apps and websites where users log in with their Google account, enabling them to take action to secure the account.

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Google’s new Cross Account Protection tool will help users secure different accounts that use Google sign-in (Google)

The system requires other services to implement it, which Google is encouraging platforms which use Google sign-in to do.

The internet giant said it has worked with industry bodies the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the OpenID Foundation in order to make it easier for other sites and apps to introduce it.

Kurt Thomas, a Google security and anti-abuse research scientist, said: “Your privacy and security is of the utmost importance.

“With technologies like Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, we’re continuing to improve the security of our users across the internet, not just on Google – and we’ll never stop improving our defences to keep you safe online.”

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