Nearly after a year of announcement, Google is finally rolling out the Assistant-powered feature in the Chrome browser that can automatically change a compromised password.
Upon entering a password that was previously noted in some breach, Google assistant in Chrome will notify a user and ask if he wants to change it. If he agrees to it, the feature will automatically convert the password into something strong and lets you save it to Chrome’s password manager for future use.
Changing a Compromised Password
At last year’s I/O event, Google announced a new feature for its Chrome browser that will help users change a compromised password automatically. Google started testing this with a handful of users in November last year, in Chrome for Android.
Now, the company is rolling out this feature widely, to everyone on Android. This is triggered when a user enters a compromised password into a website, with a pop-up saying that Google has found this in some past breach, and showing the user two actions – Close the pop-up or Change automatically.
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And if the user choose to later option, he’ll be taken to the services’s page and asks him to agree for the automatic password regeneration. This process takes certain information, says Google. As the screenshots note;
“Google will receive the URLs and contents of sites on which you use Assistant, as well as information you submit through Assistant. This information may be stored in your Google account. You can turn off Assistant in Chrome settings.”
Once the process is done, it asks you to confirm the changed password and saves it to Chrome’s password manager. You can watch the password regeneration process happening with a timeline in the card, so if you see anything unusual, you can takeover the process to do it manually.